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I initially read that as decoys placed at the caff and wondered if there were fake bacon butties in operation

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lots of bacon butties were consumed during the farce .seem to me like theres no puffins there now .there was but they had a reason to leave it would have been wizer to spend 2 or 3 grand finding out why they left .will they be employing people to walk the prom in summer to make it look buzy

 

http://www.puffinpalooza.com/category/interesting-information-about-puffins/predators-of-puffins/

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Manx Puffins are the young of the Manx Shearwater it was a shipwreck end of 18th Century that allowed long tails to get a hold and destroy the once teeming population - however the parrot like Puffins (as for example seen on Staffa) were still seen on the Calf but declined in 20th c (probably due to more farming etc)

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2112,

Isn't the Tynpot joke wearing a bit thin now? Carry on de-railing threads if that is all you can add but perhaps, sit down and have a think about yourself?

 

There's serious debate on on Tynwald on other threads if you feel you have something sensible to say but may I suggest the new thread on Gawne as being more your level!

 

Eejit!

 

For those interested in the Calfs Puffins, a de-ratting program has been in place for a year or so to try to give those that do visit and nest a better chance of rearing their offspring in the hope this will encourage further breeding in the future.

 

You could argue though, is killing one species to help another a human interference too far?

 

 

 

Manx Puffins are the young of the Manx Shearwater??? Don't think so!

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Manx Puffins are the young of the Manx Shearwater??? Don't think so!

 

Frances was being a little cryptic, but Wiki has the information:

 

The Manx shearwater (Puffinus puffinus) is a medium-sized shearwater in the seabird family Procellariidae. The scientific name of this species records a name shift: Manx shearwaters were called Manks puffins in the 17th century. Puffin is an Anglo-Norman word (Middle English pophyn) for the cured carcasses of nestling shearwaters. The Atlantic puffin acquired the name much later, possibly because of its similar nesting habits.

 

The article also tells us

 

The large chicks of the Manx shearwater are very rich in oil from their fish diet and have been eaten since prehistoric times. They are easily extricated from their burrows, and the annual crop from the Calf of Man may have been as high as 10,000 birds per year in the seventeenth century.

 

So what that means is what was known as a puffin in the 18th century would have actually been a young Manx Shearwater (probably dead and salted in a barrel). The name seems to have been used for any type of seabird used for food in this way and it's only more recently ended up being applied to members of the Fratercula genus exclusvely, especially the North Atlantic Puffin (which is still eaten in Iceland).

 

Frances is also correct that it was the arrival of longtails on the Calf (presumably from a shipwreck) that lead to the decline and eventual end of the enormous colony on the Calf. Those tasty eggs and chicks in convenient unguarded underground larders were too tempting for them. In the last decade or so there have been efforts to eradicate the longtails from the Calf and the shearwaters have started to return.

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2112,

Isn't the Tynpot joke wearing a bit thin now? Carry on de-railing threads if that is all you can add but perhaps, sit down and have a think about yourself?

 

There's serious debate on on Tynwald on other threads if you feel you have something sensible to say but may I suggest the new thread on Gawne as being more your level!

 

Eejit!

 

For those interested in the Calfs Puffins, a de-ratting program has been in place for a year or so to try to give those that do visit and nest a better chance of rearing their offspring in the hope this will encourage further breeding in the future.

 

You could argue though, is killing one species to help another a human interference too far?

 

 

 

Manx Puffins are the young of the Manx Shearwater??? Don't think so!

 

you're just a government lackey!

 

More pointless thread derailment please

 

It took 4 posts to get a Tynwald jibe in on this thread, an absolute disgrace

 

I blame Allan Bell and his cronies for this degradation in service

 

It was much better in the 50's when we had no finance sector or money

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Decoys on the Calf of Man

 

The expedition was organised by David Quirk (Onchan) and featured Graham Cregeen (Malew and Santon), Tim Crookall (Peel), Geoff Corkish (Douglas West), Juan Watterson (Rushen). Another member of the new intake, Bill Malarkey (Douglas South), who quit as a member of the Liberal Vannin party in June, was invited but couldn't make it.

Read more: http://www.iomtoday.co.im/news/isle-of-man-news/are-the-secret-six-the-face-of-the-political-future-1-1785612#ixzz46LutjdCE

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