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Wales Off the coast of Pembrokeshire in SW Wales, are the Islands of Skomer and Skokholm, each the breeding home to several thousand puffins. And over 200,000 Manx Shearwater nest on Skomer, but being nocturnal you are unlikely to see them.
Scotland The West Coast. On Lunga , one of the Treshnish Isles off Mull, part of the Inner Hebrides
the puffins are so tame they will come up and tug at your shoelaces if you sit still for a while.
The Isles were purchased by The Hebridean Trust in 2000 with grant assistance from the
Heritage Lottery Fund, thus safeguarding their future.
A fast boat, the Turus Mara, does trips daily in season.
Keep to the paths and take great care when visiting.
On a calm day its a beautiful trip. Almost like Island Hopping.
Scotland The East Coast.Moving over to the East Coast of Scotland at the mouth of the Firth of Forth is the Isle of May, home to thousands of puffins, kittiwakes, and razorbills too. Landing Trips to the Island, lasting 5 or 6 hours, leave from Crail or Anstruther in Fife.
On the opposite side of the Firth of Forth, approx 35 miles east of Edinburgh, and only a half mile offshore from the fishing village of North Berwick are two small Islands-Craigleith and Fidra, each less than quarter mile wide, but teeming with puffins ,and other seabirds, during the breeding season. As an added birding bonus two miles off shore is the impressive Bass Rock, home to 60,000 gannets, and easily the most accessible gannetry in Britain.
England Moving 90 miles down the coast and into England are the Farne Islands, a very special place indeed. Only 2 miles off the coast of Northumberland, this group of low lying Islands, the largest of which are Staple and Inner Farne, are the breeding home to tens of thousands of puffins, thousands of kittiwake, arctic tern, eider duck and guillemot, hundreds of razorbill, In the waters surrounding them an estimated 2,000 Atlantic grey Seal.
There are numerous Boat Excursions available from Seahouses, many of which land you right amongst the birds. You can even take an all day 'Birdwatch' trip, conditions permitting, landing you on both Staple and Inner Farne. The wheeling flypast's of puffins are an experience not to be missed. Nor is running the gauntlet of hundreds of angry mother arctic terns, all convinced you are out to harm their chicks, as you make your way from the jetty up onto the Island. The newly hatched Eider Ducklings are so cute and fluffy too.
There are also a few breeding pairs of Puffins on rocks off the North Coast of Cornwall, between Padstow and Boscastle, and on Annet one of the Scilly Islands. Though there are boat trips to see the few puffins it is not possible to land on any of these.