Scotland Must Protect Endangered Seabirds


Target: Linda Rosborough, Director of Marine Department, Scotland

Goal: Assign protected marine areas to struggling bird species

A recent census shows a sharp decline in seabird populations in Scotland, particularly in the common guillemot. Puffin, razorbill, and gull numbers are in decline as well, suggesting that the issue could lie in food shortages. The guillemot has seen reductions of 45% in some areas, with an average reduction of around 30% in the southern portion of the country. Protected areas near known colonies should be established and studies should be conducted to assess necessary conservation measures.

The struggling guillemot population is now down to an estimated population of 4.5 thousand, and needs expedited protection in order to survive. The species is considered to be near extinction in some areas of the country, and endangered in others.

Common guillemots choose rocky seaside cliffs as nesting grounds. Such areas where the birds are known to assemble should become wildlife sanctuary areas protected from development and traffic. Waters near these areas should be no-fishing zones in order to preserve their food sources so their populations can grow.

Dwindling puffin, razorbill, and kittiwake numbers must also be addressed immediately in order to prevent any further detriment. The sooner conservation efforts are begun, the better the chance of eventual recovery and population stability.

Scotland is home to over 20 native species of seabirds, some of which are endangered and receiving no protection. Your signature will urge Scotland’s Marine Department to quickly protect the breeding and feeding grounds of struggling bird species.


Dear Linda Rosborough, Director of Marine Department, Scotland,

According to a recent census, there has been a sharp decline in seabird populations in Scotland. The common guillemot, in particular, has seen a drop off of nearly half since 2000 and is now nearly extinct in some areas of the country. Puffin, kittiwake, and razorbill numbers are also in decline, and require immediate conservation to increase chances of population survival.

I request that protected marine reserves be established to protect the breeding grounds of seabirds and their food sources. Known seabird colonies and their surroundings would be excellent candidates for such conservation.

I request that Scottish Parliament begin an assessment of the needs of endangered seabirds in the country, and implement measures that see these needs met. It is imperative to the survival of guillemots and other seabird species that these population issues receive immediate attention.


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  1. give the great seabirds permanent protections scotland.

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