Red-footed Booby in Sussex: new to Britain

Published on 10 January 2018 in Main articles

By Gail Cohen

Abstract A Red-footed Booby Sula sula was found on the beach at St Leonards-on-Sea, Sussex, on 4th September 2016. It was in poor condition and taken into care by the RSPCA, where it made a good recovery. It was flown to Grand Cayman in the Caribbean for release but died on 25th December 2016 while in quarantine there. This is the first record of Red-footed Booby for Britain. Following review by BBRC and BOURC, Red-footed Booby has been added to Category A of the British List. A summary of recent occurrences in Europe and the Western Palearctic suggests it is occurring more frequently, perhaps as a consequence of climate change and warmer sea temperatures.

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Adult female Red-footed Booby, in care at the RSPCA Mallydams Wood Wildlife Centre, September 2016. Alan Laxton