Puffling rescues in North Berwick
The Seabird Centre worked with North Berwick Wildlife Watch to create a video telling people what do do if they find a puffling!
In July, puffins and their pufflings leave their burrows on the islands of Craigleith, Fidra and the Isle of May National Nature Reserve, and head out to sea. The adults will not come ashore again until they return to breed next April.
However, after leaving their burrows on the island of Craigleith, just offshore from North Berwick, some pufflings become disorientated by lights from the mainland. Their first ever flight may see them flying into town and seeking somewhere dark to hide from predators, such as gulls, often underneath cars and under plants in gardens.
Pufflings look very different from their adult counterparts: they are shades of grey, white and black, and their smaller beaks don’t have the characteristic bright colours that the adults have in summer.
The video created by North Berwick Wildlife Watch was made in conjunction with award-winning photographer, Barrie Williams, with some help from Seabird Centre supporter, Hilary Smith, who knitted a wonderful puffling for us. This puffling has been named Tammie Junior, following a competition on Facebook.
Check out the video HERE!
If you see a puffling that needs assistance, please call the Seabird Centre on 01620 890202 or the Scottish SPCA on 03000 999 999.
This video has been possible thanks to support from:
The Bothwell Charitable Trust
The Inchape Foundation
The Michael Marks Charitable Trust
The Cruach Trust
St Mary's Charity
The Slater Foundation
Horace and Helen A.Gilman's Trust