The Plight of the Puffin

NEW Creature Candy puffin design. 

NEW Creature Candy puffin design. 

One of our new designs is the puffin, but did you know that this beautiful, charismatic bird has recently been added to the Red List due to a dramatic decline?  

Here are some facts you may not know about this bird:

  • The UK holds around 10% of the global population of puffins, with half of those breeding at only a handful of sites. 
  • Falling numbers are due in part to predation by rats, falling sandeel numbers on which they feed, and violent winter storms. 
  • Adults arrive back at the breeding colony in March and April and leave again in mid-August.
  • 'Clown of the sea' and 'sea parrot' are just two of the nicknames that have been given to this sea bird. 
  • In winter, puffins actually shed their outer bills, leaving smaller, duller ones behind. 
  • Despite their rather dumpy appearance, puffins are pretty speedy when they take to the air. They can travel at a top speed of 55 mph by flapping their wings up to 400 times a minute!
  • Puffins nest underground in burrows that are around 2-3 feet long. 

You can find our new puffin postcards here as part of a set, or please email us if you would like a set of 6 puffin postcards. 10% from the sale of these postcards will be donated to the British Trust for Ornithology to help fund their conservation work and research.