Breeding success of Red-throated Divers on Fetlar

At the beginning of May 1971 I arrived on Fetlar, Shetland, to take up the post of summer warden on the bird reserve. Soon after, I became interested in the breeding Red-throated Divers Gavia stellata. I learnt that success was poor and that in 1970 only five young had fledged from 13 pairs.

I found the first nest on 15th May and by 2nd July


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