By Helen Booker, David Price, Peter Slader, Tim Frayling, Tom Williams and Mark Bolton
Abstract Lundy once supported large numbers of breeding seabirds, but declines during the twentieth century left the island with only remnants of its former colonies. One major concern during this time was the impact of rat predation on eggs and chicks, especially of burrow-nesting Manx Shearwaters Puffinus puffinus and Puffins Fratercula arctica. A major project to eradicate rats from Lundy was completed in the spring of 2004. This paper examines the latest Manx Shearwater survey and how the species has responded since rats were eradicated, and sets this into the context of how the overall status of seabirds on Lundy has changed over the last 15 years.
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