Bird flu strikes a seabird city – a personal view from Bempton

Bird flu strikes a seabird city – a personal view from Bempton

It was mid August 2022 and, from the clifftop at RSPB’s Bempton Cliffs reserve, Yorkshire, there so many birds on the wing and so much noise – the piercing cries of the Kittiwakes Rissa tridactyla mingling with the guttural croaks of the Northern Gannets Morus bassanus – that I was able to convince myself that all was well. Then my eye was drawn to a tiny rag of white on the water far below, and I knew what it was before I raised my binoculars: the body of a Gannet.

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