Puffins in Dumfries and Galloway

PuffinThese charismatic birds spend their winters out at sea, only returning to our coastline in spring and summer to breed. Smaller than many people imagine, their characteristic colourful bill is used to attract a mate. They nest in large colonies in burrows on grassy banks above the sea, often taking over old rabbit holes. They are vulnerable to predation by rats, which is why they are mostly confined to offshore islands and sea stacks.

You are quite unlikely to see puffins in Dumfries and Galloway, but your best chance is at the Mull of Galloway where they get a handful of puffins each summer.