New webcam to give a window into puffin life on an island off the Northumberland coast

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A webcam has been installed inside a bespoke puffin burrow on an island in Northumberland offering a glimpse into the nest of two parent birds.

Coquet Island, dubbed the RSPB’s ‘certified seabird sanctuary’, lies half a mile from the village of Amble off the Northumberland coast and up to 35,000 seabirds visit pile up on the small island to breed. Although there is a lighthouse on it, the public is not allowed to set foot there.

Currently, four live cameras are on to enable bird monitoring. Those watching can expect to catch a hatched chick from the egg the parents laid on April 25, which they regularly take turns sitting on.

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The egg should hatch around May 31. Puffins mate for life and the male and female help incubate the egg and raise the chick once it has hatched.

The parents will continue to care for the chick until it develops wing feathers large enough to fly. The creek will flow from May 4 until the puffins leave in July or August.



Undated handout photo issued by the RSPB of Coquet Island RSPB Reserve

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Puffins spend two-thirds of their lives floating in the ocean in groups called rafts and only come to land to breed. Around 10% of the world’s puffins are found in the UK, but their numbers are declining and they are now on the UK Red List of Birds of Conservation Concern and are listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.



Undated handout captured from an RSPB-issued webcam of a puffin on the Coquet Island RSPB Reserve
Undated handout captured from an RSPB-issued webcam of a puffin on the Coquet Island RSPB Reserve

In addition to Coquet Island, there is a colony of puffins on the Farne Islands. To watch the stream, click here.

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