Letter from Lundy: Island’s puffin numbers are on the up

08:10 20 August 2014

The John Pennington Harman stamp issue.

The John Pennington Harman stamp issue.

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This month’s letter from Lundy Island looks at increasing puffin numbers and a new stamp issue...

July has been an exceptionally busy month here on Lundy with visitors, seabirds, marine life and stamp releases.

The wonderfully glorious weather has enticed both regular and new visitors across the channel to enjoy our spectacular island.

Many visitors have been engaging with the warden events, especially the guided walks to Jenny’s Cove to see the famous Lundy puffins and the ever-popular snorkel safaris.

Visitors have also been keeping the shop and Tavern staff busy while enjoying Lundy lamb burgers, pints of Old Light and keepsakes including fluffy puffins.

As the largest seabird colony in the South West, we monitor the productivity (breeding) of our puffins, guillemots and kittiwakes to ensure that these populations are thriving.

You may be aware that our seabird numbers crashed due to the presence of rats on the island and since their eradication populations have steadily recovered.

This year the largest count of puffins was 240 individuals, which is a fantastic increase of 60 individuals from our largest count last year.

Most of seabirds have now left Lundy until next year, however, some climbing restrictions are still in place (please see the Lundy Conservation Team Facebook page for further details).

Throughout the month, the farmer and friends have been busy shearing the domestic Lundy sheep, while the rangers have continued with the extensive upkeep of the island grounds.

Postmaster Ceri has been busy with the release of a commemorative stamp to remember Lundy hero John Pennington Harman, who was awarded the Victoria Cross for his brave actions in 1944 during the battle of Kohima which sadly cost him his life.

Stamp issues can be ordered through the Lundy postal service on 01237 431831 ext.226 or lundypostalservice@lundyis land.co.uk

Beccy MacDonald

Lundy Warden

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