I count every bird individually from on top of the cliffs with nothing but a clicker and a pair of binoculars.
This year I counted the birds slightly differently to last. Due their lateness getting down to nest, I have only just completed the kittiwakes count.
We only census the Eiders and Gulls every other year and will be doing it again next year.
How many birds did I count this year? I will not speculate why numbers are as they are this year. This would be stealing the researchers thunder.
Fulmars - 218 occupied sites - down 25%
Shags - 201 active nests - down 64%
Kittewakes 1712 active nests - down 37%
Guillemots 13395 pairs - down 5%
Razorbills 2876 pairs - down 6%