Kittiwake colony continues to buck the trend

SEAFORD’S MP has commended the work of the RSPB on educating people on the popular kittiwake species.

The kittiwake nesting is flourishing according to Norman Baker who has praised the work of the group on informing people on the fragility of the species through its ‘Date with Nature’ programme.

The number of kittiwakes has more than halved since the mid 1980s across the UK and populations in Scotland have crashed by almost two thirds.

However, the cliff-top colony at Splash Point is bucking the trend.

This year it is made up of around 1,100 pairs, which is 300 more than last year. Splash Point also saw chicks hatching at the beginning of June.

In 2008, the Kittiwake was added to an international watch list of threatened species, under the Ospar-Oslo-Paris Convention which was set up to protect the marine environment of the north-east Atlantic.

Mr Baker said, “It is obviously a matter of significant concern that numbers around the country are dwindling. “However, the fact that Seaford’s Kittiwake population is thriving is certainly very pleasant news indeed.

“It is clear that Seaford is most certainly the place to be if you are a twitcher and wish to see Kittiwake thriving in their natural habitat.”