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Puffin numbers increase by 8% on North Sea islands

Puffin numbers on one of Britain's most iconic habitats have risen after some difficult conditions in previous years caused their numbers to fall.

A full census of the puffin population was carried out by National Trust rangers on the Farne Islands, which only happens once every five years.

There are now just under 40,000 pairs of nesting puffins on the Farne Islands, according to the census. Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Having collected all the data, the final figure shows there are now just under 40,000 pairs of nesting puffins across the eight islands - an 8% increase from the last census.

However, this is still lower than the 55,000 pairs recorded in 2003.

Head Ranger on the Farne Islands, David Steel, called it a "positive result and a step forward".