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St Kilda
St Kilda
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No visitor can fail to be impressed by the spectacle of nearly a million seabirds wheeling around St Kilda’s awesome cliffs.

The largest colony in the North-east Atlantic, St Kilda is of global importance for a great range of species:

- Largest colony of Northern Gannets in the world, holding one seventh of the total population.

- Largest colony of Leach’s Storm Petrel in Europe, with 94% of the European population.

- Largest colony of Atlantic puffins in the EU, holding a quarter of the UK population.

- Largest colony of Northern Fulmars in the EU, more than double the size of the next largest colony.

- Last Great Auk in the UK killed here in 1840.

 

Seabird Species Total Boreray Dun Hirta Soay

N Fulmar

136,869 10,090 2,432 85,530 18,718
Manx Shearwater 9,606 0 444 9,162 0
E Storm Petrel 2,242 168 0 1,016
1,058
Leach's Petrel 90,866 24,184 55,408  7,210 4,068
N Gannet 119,244 119,244 0  0 0
European Shag 38 0 14  24 0
Arctic Skua 2 0 0  0 2
Great Skua 480 0 0  0 0
Common Gull 2 0 0  2 0
Herring Gull 68 58 0  2 0
Lesser BB Gull 60 14 14  26  6
Greater BB Gull 64 28 4  8 22

BL Kittiwake

3,032 800 11,080  828 324

C Guillemot

31,347  7,879  2,876  14,610 5,901

Razorbill

3,378  343  1,097  1,652 264

Black Guillemot

62  34  0  20 8

Atlantic Puffin

284,528  0  0  0 0

The above table shows the most recent complete count of breeding individuals.  Most were last counted in 1999/2000 as part of Seabird 2000. Gannets were counted in 2004 and Kittiwakes in 2006. The latest full census was undertaken in  2014 and can be found below.

St Kilda

The giddying cliffs of St Kilda are home to almost a million seabirds.

Copies of seabird reports from previous years can be downloaded below.

Download 2014 SMR Report
Download 2013 Report
Download 2012 report
Download 2011 report
Download 2008 report
Download 2007 report
Download 2006 report