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Farne Islands' puffins stand up to be counted

Farne Island puffins will be counted throughout the summer. Credit: ITV News

The number of puffins that live off the Northumberland coast will be counted later.

It's the start of the National Trust's puffin census, which takes place on the Farne Islands every five years.

The count dates back to 1939 and involves rangers putting their hands down each and every puffin burrow on the islands to find out exact numbers of breeding pairs.

Rangers are counting puffins to find the exact numbers of breeding pairs. Credit: ITV News
The puffin census started in 1939. Credit: ITV News
Farne Islands puffin. Credit: ITV News
Puffins on the Farne Islands. Credit: ITV News