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Shetland Seabirds

Volume 173: debated on Wednesday 6 June 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list the research projects commissioned by the Nature Conservancy Council into the breeding failure of Shetland seabirds, together with relevant dates and sums allocated.

The information is as follows:

Funds allocated
£
1986–87
Survey of Skuas in Shetland700
Development of monitoring methods24,700
Breeding performance of terns in Shetland2,000
1987–88
The role of food supply in the breeding success of arctic terns in Shetland10,800
Breeding performance of Hermaness seabirds300
Development of monitoring methods28,300
1988–89
The role of food supply in the breeding success of arctic terns8,348
Seminar on Shetland sandeels and seabirds500
Breeding performance of Hermaness seabirds400

Funds allocated

£

Skua breeding performance in Shetland2,000
Development of monitoring methods29,993

1989–90

The role of food supply in the breeding success of arctic terns8,000
Breeding performance of Hermaness seabirds400
Skua breeding performance in Shetland3,500
Seabird monitoring programme33,600

1990–91

Study of sandeel biology in waters around Shetland35,000
Seabird monitoring programme35,000
Breeding performance of Hermaness seabirds465
Skua breeding performance in Shetland300