A census of Common Scoters Melanitta nigra in Britain and Ireland, carried out by the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust in 1995, has estimated the population at 100 pairs in the Republic of Ireland and 95 pairs in the United Kingdom. In the last 30 years, Common Scoters have ceased to breed in Northern Ireland, Shetland, Central Scotland and Dumfries & Galloway, and numbers have probably declined


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