The seabird wreck in the Bay of Biscay and South-Western Approaches in 2014: A review of reported mortality

Morley, Tim I and Fayet, Annette L and Jessop, Helene and Veron, Paul and Veron, Merlin and Clark, Jacquie and Wood, Matthew J (2016) The seabird wreck in the Bay of Biscay and South-Western Approaches in 2014: A review of reported mortality. Seabird, 29. pp. 22-38.

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Abstract

Between December 2013 and February 2014, a series of storm events occurred in areas of the North Atlantic frequented by migratory seabirds. Prolonged exposure to sustained storm conditions was followed by an unprecedented level of seabird mortality, apparently due to starvation, exhaustion and drowning. A total of 54,982 wrecked birds was recorded along European coastlines of the North-East Atlantic over the winter; 94% of which were dead. The majority of birds found were recorded on the French coastline (79.6%), and the most impacted species was the Atlantic Puffin Fratercula arctica (53.5%). In this paper, we describe the conditions surrounding this wreck event and report the numbers of wrecked and stranded seabirds by combining reports from multiple affected countries.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
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Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QL Zoology
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Natural & Social Sciences > Environmental Sciences
Research Priority Areas: Environmental Dynamics & Governance
Depositing User: Matt Wood
Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2017 15:32
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2017 23:55
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/4410

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