Bird flu leads to 'catastrophic' fall in seabird numbers in UK, RSPB report says

Bird flu leads to 'catastrophic' fall in seabird numbers in UK, RSPB report says

Bird flu has caused a "catastrophic" fall in the number of seabirds in the UK, a study of breeding sites has found. The great skua, known as the 'pirate of the seas' because it often steals food from other birds, fell by 76% from 9,088 to 2,160, according to 2023 research by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). Almost the entire UK population of great skuas live in Scotland. In 2022, more than 2,500 died, the study …