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.