Poorer feeding conditions at Hornøya - is it the start of the end for the puffins?
The diet of puffin chicks on Hornøya, North Norway, is changing. In the 1980s, their parents brought them few and large prey items per load, while their diet now consists of many small fish. This is known to negatively affect chick growth and survival in colonies further south, and is a a source of concern.
The further north, the later the breeding
Data from SEAPOP's network of seabird colonies along the Norwegain coast and on Svalbard show that breeding phenology varies a lot between species, and depends on different factors.
Another poor breeding season for Norwegian seabirds
The report from the work on the SEAPOP key sites in 2015 is now published. Many species are struggling with low reproductive rates and population decline, and the estimates of adult survival are also depressing.
This is why nearly all Norwegian seabird colonies are in northern Norway
Why are bird cliffs distributed the way they are? Recent research reveals why seabirds along the Norwegian coast mainly breed in the northern part of the country.
SEAPOP 2015 annual brochure (PDF)
A summary of important activities and results from 2015.
SEAPOP key document 2005-2014 (PDF)
A summary of the results of the SEAPOP programme and of the changes in the seabird populations.
- Key-site monitoring in Norway 2015, including Svalbard and Jan Mayen.
- Later at higher latitudes: large-scale variability in seabird breeding timing and synchronicity.
- Sjøfugl i Norge 2015. Resultater fra SEAPOP-programmet.
- Modelled drift patterns of fish larvae link coastal morphology to seabird colony distribution.
- Mind the wind: microclimate effects on incubation effort of an arctic seabird.