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|Title:||Peaks and troughs for Yorkshire’s sea birds|
|Author:||Yorkshire Wildlife Trust |
|ID & Publication:||20131111017 ~ The-Villager.co.uk |
Yorkshire Wildlife Trust has welcomed the news that the Flambrough Special Protection Area (SPA) will later this year be considered for extension.
Special Protection Areas support rare, endangered, migratory or large numbers of birds or their habitats. Proposals to include Filey Brigg as a key site for seabirds will be considered later this year for the Flamborough SPA.
Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s Living Seas Manager Kirsten Smith said: ‘We have long been championing better protection for marine wildlife and habitats here in Yorkshire. The extension to the Flambough SPA will support many species of seabird; in particular the northern gannet, northern fulmar, Atlantic puffin, razorbill, common guillemot and black-legged kittiwake.’
Earlier this year prolonged poor weather caused a high number of seabird deaths which were seen on our coastline; puffins, guillemots and razorbills amongst the most affected. This tragedy accompanied the news that over 4000 seabirds had died as a result of marine pollution off the south-west coast earlier this year. The chemical responsible was identified as polyisobutylene (PIB) which had been released into the sea during tank cleaning operations.
Wildlife charities including The Wildlife Trusts have recently welcomed the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) swift action to ban ships across the world from discharging all forms of high viscosity polyisobutylene (PIB) into the sea during tank cleaning operations.
Kirsten added: ‘It is wonderful news that this hazardous chemical shall no longer be affecting seabirds around the world. We will continue to work closely with our partners to quantify the impacts of the seabird deaths here in Yorkshire which were caused as a result of prolonged poor weather leading to difficulties in feeding at a crucial time of year. These fatalities alongside those caused by PIB in the south-west will have cumulatively caused significant losses to UK seabirds. ‘
For anyone wanting to find out more about the marine and coastal wildlife we have on and off our Yorkshire coastline, the Trust’s Living Seas Centre is a hub of information. There is plenty to get involved with and lots planned for October half term. To find out more or join one of the many events run from the centre call 01262 422103 or visit www.ywt.org.uk/living-seas-centre
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