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Last Updated: Wednesday, 9 May 2007, 11:55 GMT 12:55 UK
Worry over island puffin numbers
Puffin
Ten pairs of puffins remain in the island
A Jersey bird expert has said he fears for the future survival of the puffins around the island's shores.

Mike Stentiford said a recent report from the World Wildlife Fund suggests that the waters in the channel are getting warmer.

It could means Jersey's puffin colony, the most southerly in the British Isles, would have to travel further to find food.

Mr Stentiford believes the lack of food could affect the puffins' young.

This is because they would have to go longer between feeds.

Mr Stentiford believes rising sea temperatures are causing the sand eels they feed on to disappear.

The puffins have lived on the cliffs near the old Butlins holiday village at Plemont for about 100 years.

At the end of the 19th Century there were about 300 around Jersey's coast. But now only 10 pairs remain.




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