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Seabirds in trouble

THE RSPB has warned that Scotland’s seabird colonies are in “real danger” after yet another poor breeding season.

The picture in the northern isles was particular bleak. Here the biggest population declines were recorded.

Kittiwakes, Arctic terns and Arctic skuas all had a poor season, the bird charity said.

In Shetland, there was some success with 15 occupied burrows of Leach’s storm petrol, the only RSPB site where these birds are found.