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Problems for the puffin population.

Byline: Party Lines NORTH POLITICS WITH JON WALKER

BERWICK MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan highlighted the importance of protecting Northumberland's puffin population when she spoke in a Parliamentary debate.

And for people who aren't familiar with the bid, she painted a vivid picture.

Mrs Trevelyan told fellow MPs: "When they take off for flight, we see just why the Atlantic puffin - fratercula arctica, or the friar of the Arctic, so named because of its monkish black hood - is to be respected.

"The puffin flies like a fighter jet, setting its beak at the front of a streamlined body with powerful wings, enabling it to head out from its cliff-top base to plunge up to 60 metres into the sea."

The UK puffin population is in rude health, but the Arctic puffin is not doing so well elsewhere.

"Different breeding grounds, even around the UK, are in different states of health. Tagging and monitoring tells us that, from some breeding sites, puffins have to travel up to 400 km to find food for their young.

"Whether from overfishing, weather impacts altering water temperature and stormy sea levels, or food sources being much further away, we have trouble ahead."

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Publication:Sunday Sun (Newcastle, England)
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Date:Jun 30, 2019
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