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Northern Gannet
Northern Gannet
Northern Gannet sites cared for by the Trust
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St Kilda World Heritage Site

St Kilda

A sixth of the world's population of Northern Gannets can be found at St. Kilda.

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Almost a sixth of the world’s population and 36% of Scotland’s population breeds on St Kilda, though numbers are growing at other colonies, such as the Bass Rock.

The main other colony on NTS property is at Fair Isle though a new colony is growing rapidly on Berneray.

Food

Mainly fish, caught by diving from heights of 10-40 m and staying under from 5 – 20 s.

Nest site

On ledges of cliffs, sea stacks where nests are evenly spaced but never touching (60-80 cm apart). : Large compact pile of seaweed, grass, feathers and earth all cemented on a substrate of excreta.

Breeding

Mid April to mid May where one egg is laid.

Wintering

Go south to sub-tropical waters sometimes into tropical waters off the coast of west Africa.

Distribution

UK, Ireland, Faeroes, Iceland and Norway.