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'I spend nine months a year on an island'


Puffins that have been fitted with locator tags have begun to leave the Farne Islands, Northumberland, to begin their annual migration.

While they are out at sea, scientists will use the devices to track the birds' whereabouts. They plan to use the data to discover why the birds have been in decline.

As the clown-like birds fly off, the National Trust's head warden David Steel describes what it is like for him and a handful of other wardens to spend nine months of the year with thousands of seabirds as their only company.


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