Puffins in the Scottish Borders

PuffinPuffin (Fratercula arctica)

These charismatic birds spend their winters out at sea, only returning to our coastline in spring and summer to breed. Smaller than many people imagine, their characteristic colourful bill is used to attract a mate. They nest in large colonies in burrows on grassy banks above the sea, often taking over old rabbit holes. They are vulnerable to predation by rats, which is why they are mostly confined to offshore islands and sea stacks.

Puffin numbers vary fom year to year in the Borders. Best opportunity to spot them is at St Abb's National Nature Reserve or along the Berwickshire Coastal Path during the summer months.