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These islands are one of the great bird places of the world, with so many birds that counting them is nearly impossible. According to the best estimates of modern ornithologists, struggling with densely packed, mobile, teeming and pullulating masses of identical bodies, all of which come and go at variable rates and in undependable patterns, there are between fifteen and eighteen thousand guillemots here, eight to eleven thousand razorbills, between four and six thousand fulmars, two thousand kittiwakes, roughly fifteen hundred shags, a few hundred gulls of various kinds (whose numbers are rising), twenty-six great skuas, also on the increase, and two hundred and forty thousand puffins, about one in eight of the British total and two per cent of all the puffins in the world.
 
Stable isotopes reveal evidence of predation by ship rats on seabirds on the Shiant Islands - Paul Stapp (2002
Oldest Puffin found on Shiants - BTO Press Release (July 2009)
Ratlets born in the house, Eilean an Tighe in June 2007
The Puffin Population of the Shiant Isles - M de L Brooke (1972)
Birds of the Shiant Isles, Outer Hebrides - M de L Brooke (1973)
Seabird Colony Register for the Shiant Isles
Shiant Isles Bird Reports
PDF icon NEW Bird Report 2013 - David Steventon, Alister Clunas and Jim Lennon
PDF icon Bird Report 2012 - David Steventon, Alister Clunas and Jim Lennon
PDF icon Bird Report 2011 - David Steventon, Alister Clunas and Jim Lennon
PDF icon Bird Report 2010 - David Steventon, Alister Clunas and Jim Lennon
PDF icon Bird Report 2009 - David Steventon, Alister Clunas and Jim Lennon
  Bird Report 2008 - S Murray & J A Love
PDF icon Bird Report 1985 - David Steventon
PDF icon Bird Report 1982 - David Steventon
PDF icon Bird Report 1980 - David Steventon
PDF icon Bird Report 1979 - David Steventon
PDF icon Bird Report 1978 - David Steventon
PDF icon Bird Report 1976 - David Steventon
PDF icon Bird Report 1974 - David Steventon
PDF icon Bird Report 1973 - David Steventon
PDF icon Bird Report 1972 - David Steventon
PDF icon Bird Report Summary 1970-1976 - David Steventon
Hand-drawn Bird Distribution Maps for the Shiant Isles 1986:
   Guillemot
   Fulmar
   Kittiwake


  

Lesser Black-Backed Gull, Herring Gull, Common Gull, Bonxie
   Greater Black-Backed Gull
   Shag

PDF Files

PDF icon Rattus rattus on the Shiant Islands
A study of distribution and abundance
David Maclennan, Johanne Ferguson and Nigel Buxton
Scottish Natural Heritage July 1996
Reproduced by permission of Scottish National Heritage
(51 Kb PDF file)

PDF icon Report on the diet of the black rat (Rattus rattus)
inhabiting the Shiant Isles by analysis of faecal material
by Martin Goulding (1996)
Reproduced by permission of Scottish National Heritage
(24 Kb PDF file)

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Links to other sites

Status of Ship Rats Rattus rattus on the Shiant Isles
McDonald, RA, Hutchings, MR, & Keeling, JGM (1997)
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