Lonely Planet Writer

Puffin numbers in Norway decline to 'record low'

Røst municipality in Nordland, Norway, is thought to be home to the highest number of seabirds in Europe, but a combination of overfishing of herring and rising sea temperatures has had a serious effect on the area’s puffin colony, with numbers now at ‘a record low’.

A wild puffin in Norway.
A wild puffin in Norway. Image by Tero Laakso / CC BY-SA 2.0

The warmer waters have increased the number of mackerel in the area, which eat herring – puffins’ staple diet – and, according to researchers, the colony has not bred successfully since 2006. Read more: theforeigner.no