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The effect of extreme weather on seabirds

7pm. Great North Museum:Hancock

There is now good evidence that one effect of global warming, however caused, will be increased frequency of extreme weather events. Summer storms and rains can affect the breeding performance of seabirds, and severe weather at other times of the year can also impact on bird survival, as the recent wrecks of Shags and then Puffins earlier this year demonstrate. Detailed studies on seabird colonies are important to be able to measure these effects, and large-scale colour-ringing and resighting programmes have an important part to play in quantifying the effects on seabird populations and how these vary between colonies.

Dr Francis Daunt is a Seabird Ecologist who leads a team of researchers at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) in Edinburgh, based on the Isle of May, on the east coast of Scotland.

This is a slight change to the talk originally advertised ‘The foraging and population biology of Shags in the North Sea’.