Our award-winning SOS Puffin
SOS Puffin is the Scottish Seabird Centre's award-winning project to save the puffins on the islands in the Firth of Forth. One of the UK's largest puffin colonies, numbers on the island of Craigleith had crashed from around 28,000 pairs to just a few thousand, due to a giant plant called tree mallow which grows to 3 metres in height.
Tree mallow is thought to have been introduced to the Bass Rock over 300 years ago by soldiers manning the fortress there because of the medicinal value of its leaves. It has spread rapidly in recent years, helped by mild winters (linked to climate change), taking over the other islands and preventing the puffins from nesting and rearing their pufflings.
Over 200 work parties have made regular trips out to Craigleith and neighbouring Fidra island to cut down the tree mallow, with the project being run and supported entirely by more than 1,000 volunteers.
Thanks to this tremendous support, excellent progress has been made and monitoring is showing that the puffins are returning to the islands to re-use old burrows where the tree mallow has been removed. Other nesting birds such as eider ducks and fulmars have also benefited.
If you are interested in getting involved please email email@example.com or telephone +44(0) 1620 890202.
You can also show support by adopting your own puffin.
Check out this short video made by documentary filmmaker Maude Rivard-Haustrate. You can also access this, by clicking on the pic below.