12th October 2016
For several years Martin Carty has been coordinating searches for grounded Manx Shearwaters. When young Shearwaters leave their nests on Rum they can often be disorientated in darkness by ambient light. Systematic searches around Mallaig by Martin, Stephen MacDonald and other volunteers found 159 birds between August 29 and October 7. All birds were ringed and processed and returned to sea safely from the Mallaig - Armadale ferry. We reported previously that 21 birds were found by Martin Benson and returned to sea at Broadford. Without such help these birds would perish.