Monitoring puffins on the Flannan Islands

Find out about Puffins with SNH talk
Find out about Puffins with SNH talk

The unmistakable and comically coloured puffin has a strong claim to be the most popular bird in the world.

With its remarkable bill, tiny whirring wings and bustling personality it is difficult not to love this little Atlantic auk.

The Lewis and Harris branch of Curracag – the Western Isles Natural History Society – is launching its spring programme of events with a fascinating illustrated talk on this iconic species.

Roddy MacMinn and Sophie Marsh from Scottish Natural Heritage will be describing how they went about monitoring the puffin population of the remote Flannan Islands, a place where even landing and getting ashore can present considerable challenges.

The talk will be held at 7.30pm on Thursday 27th February at the Bridge Centre, Stornoway. All welcome. Members £2 / Non-members £4.

This is the first of an exciting programme of events that Curracag will be running on Lewis and Harris over the next few months.

Future attractions include guided township walks in Mangersta and Northton, an introduction to birdsong in the Castle Grounds, corncrake watching in Ness, a machair wildflower walk in Harris and bonxie hunting at Tolsta.

Details of all the events are available on the Curracag website.

For further information on any of these events please contact Mick Blunt, email mick@jmt.org or telephone 07724 150015