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Gannet numbers soar at Bempton Cliffs

Experts say the number of Gannets taking up residence at Bempton Cliffs has gone up from just 22 pairs to more than 11,000 pairs since 1969.

Gannets at Bempton Cliffs

Looking lonesome, but this Gannet is one of more than 11,000 breeding pairs at the site Credit: Pauline Chilton

Experts say there are now 11,061 breeding pairs of Gannets in the breeding colony at Bempton Cliffs. This means a 40% increase since the last survey in 2009.

When the research first began in 1969, there were only 22 breeding pairs at the site.

The researchers also counted 798 non-breeding birds, which, when they are old enough to find mates, will add to the numbers.

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