Scottish Wildlife Group Buys Puffin Breeding Ground to Protect Species in Peril

Scottish Wildlife Group Buys Puffin Breeding Ground to Protect Species in Peril

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Puffins and other water birds have a new home at the most northern point of Scotland, after a UK wildlife group purchased a stunning 40-acre site at Dunnet Head.

Sitting on a rugged peninsula with 300-foot tall cliffs, the site is a natural “seabird city,” drawing tens of thousands of puffins, guillemots, razorbills, fulmars and kittiwakes.

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The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds has leased the land since 2008, but has finally been able to buy it outright. With the purchase, the historic waterfowl breeding ground will become a permanent bird refuge.

Previous owner Ben Colson had held onto the site for 25 years, preventing any commercial development. He said selling it to the Scotland group will “ensure it continues as a place of wild beauty.”

(WATCH the video below of Dunnet Head puffins – READ more at The Scotsman) — Photo: Wilson44691, CC

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