Burhou puffin webcams ready for action

WATCHERS of the Burhou puffin webcam will not have long to wait to see the birds as the equipment was set up yesterday.

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Burhou is a tiny island, less than 1km long, situated 2km from Alderney’s north-west coast.

Puffins spend most of the year out in the Atlantic Ocean and only return to the island at the end of March to breed and raise their young.

The Alderney Wildlife Trust hoped to get the two webcams up and running by the end of the day.

However, people and wildlife officer Claire Thorpe said they would not go live until mid-April.

‘When the puffins first arrive they will mostly be out at sea, which probably won’t be as visible on the cameras,’ she said.

‘After a few weeks they will come on land checking their burrows.

‘By May, the chicks will hatch and they will be back and forth with food so we should see them a lot more on the cameras.’

To view the webcams visit www.teachingthroughnature.co.uk