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Seabird Populations of Britain and Ireland: results of the Seabird 2000 census 2004


'Seabird Populations of Britain and Ireland', by P. Ian Mitchell, Stephen Newton, Norman Ratcliffe & Tim E. Dunn (eds.), was published in 2004 by T & AD Poyser, an imprint of A&C Black. It summarises the results of Seabird 2000 – a census of all seabirds breeding in Britain and Ireland between 1998 and 2002. The documents provided here are extracts from the publication.

Available are copies of the distribution maps and tables of regional population estimates derived from the Seabird 2000 results, for the 25 species included in the Seabird 2000 census. The population size and distribution of each species is summarised at the following scales: colony, administrative area and country. The results are compared with two earlier breeding seabird censuses, allowing analyses of population trends over 30 years. Results are also considered in an international context. Also provided is the executive summary from the publication.

Resource type Publication

Topic category Biota

Reference date 2004··

Mitchell, P.I., Newton, S.F., Ratcliffe, N. & Dunn, T.E. 2004. Seabird Populations of Britain and Ireland, JNCC, Peterborough, ISBN 0 7136 6901 2.

Seabird 2000 was launched on 12 April 1999, with fieldwork completed in 2002. Over 1,000 surveyors took part and surveyed 3,200 colonies along 40,000 km of coastline and at 900 inland sites. This project followed on from two previous censuses: Operation Seafarer in 1969-70 and The Seabird Colony Register in 1985-88, thus allowing population trends over 15–30 years to be assessed. In contrast to the previous two censuses, Seabird 2000 surveyed inland colonies of seabirds, namely Black-headed Gulls, Common Gulls, Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Great Cormorants and Common Terns.

Responsible organisation
Communications, JNCC author

Limitations on public access No limitations

Use constraints Available under the Open Government Licence 3.0

Metadata date 2021·05·18

Metadata point of contact
Communications, JNCC

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