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Dear Colleague

Many thanks to everyone who has visited the website and posted comments this week!

Still very early in the Puffin Season but we expect more visitors to return to Burhou next week as the temperature outside finally begins to rise.

Puffin Update

Puffin activity is increasing now as they get ready to lay their eggs. With laying due to start within the next week or two you can see Puffins ‘billing’ in a courtship gesture, as well as collecting vegetation and feathers to line their nests with.

From just a few at a time we are now seeing double figures of Puffins on the panoramic camera at a time – the season is certainly picking up pace.

Next Week’s Daily Digest

Watch out for our Seabird Ecologists Daily Digests about the life of seabirds (and people!) on Burhou; get all the latest information on the progress of the breeding season and see the latest clips of the Puffins trundling about their burrows.

On Monday look out for the Daily Digest 'What we do when we go to Burhou' as Tim explains how the AWT team organize and go about a trip to monitor the seabirds.

“New” The audio blog – Launching Next Week

We are aware that many pupils are unable to read and follow events posted on the Daily Digest. To resolve this matter Tim and the Team will, from Monday, be publishing regular audio reports on the website for pupils to replay.

Just look out in the future for the radio microphone symbol at the bottom of the written report.

Website Updates – User Accounts

If you would like a separate user account for your pupils to use, please do let us know, we can create as many accounts as required. We can also block areas of the website for certain accounts, for example, if you wanted your pupil account to be able to access the Daily Digest and School Zone Blog but not the Resources section. Please email Tim Hall – info@livingislands.co.uk with any account requests, and any other technical support.

More resources added to the website – About Alderney

This week we have added a new photo set to the resources section. Titled “Flying to Alderney” the set contains photos of the air service to and from Southampton and images of Alderney from the air.

Other additions this week include short biographies by members of the Trust Team and Volunteers and five high quality short films about Alderney.

Literacy Resources – Presently, while this newsletter is being compiled Phil is working on the Literacy Pack. The pack will be ready and up online by the end of this week-end.

Name the Puffin competition

Thank you to D’Auvergne School, Jersey for their name suggestions. I know that a few more schools are busy coming up with names and we are looking forward to hearing them. Get you name suggestions to us by Friday 26th April at 12pm when we will be picking the winners!

You can email your suggestions to peopleandwildlife@alderneywildlife.org or put a comment under the Traveling Puffins blog post (http://www.teachingthroughnature.co.uk/school-zone-news/the-travelling-puffins/)

When will the Alderney Puffin be visiting your school?

Travelling Puffins

From next week our 2 Alderney Puffins will be visiting all the schools in the project. 1 will be visiting Channel Island Schools whilst the other will be traveling to schools on the UK mainland. So please be ready to receive a parcel in the post!

What should we do?

During the short stay at your school can you please supply us with any/all of the following:

  • Photographs of the Puffin in your school
  • A short report about how your school is supporting the project
  • Any examples of pupil’s work (including Art/ICT Work)

Then at the end of the stay please put the Puffin back in the box and forward it to the next school on the list.

Any questions please email or call Aurelie

Rota

Please see last page for the rotas. We are missing a lot of addresses, could those schools highlighted in red please email Aurelie with the school address asap so we can update the list.

Next opportunity for your pupils to video conference with Tim & Aurelie!

The second opportunity for your pupils to meet Tim and Aurelie and ask questions about the island and its sea birds will be from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm on Friday 26th April 2013. The flashmeeting link for this session is enclosed below.

FlashMeetinghttp://flashmeeting.e2bn.net/fm/4f7090-16987 

To take part please e-mail Aurelie asap to confirm your class/school time for that afternoon.

William Fletcher Primary School, Yarnton, Oxfordshire

A warm welcome to the pupils and staff at the William Fletcher Primary School in Yarnton, Oxfordshire. Enjoy the project and the opportunity to make new friends!

From Jersey/Guernsey to East Kent to Oxfordshire and South Hampshire we are delighted to report that schools from across the region will be following developments on Alderney from now until the end of the summer term.

Have a great week everyone! Next newsletter Thursday 25thh April 2013

Best wishes

Aurelie Bohan – Alderney Wildlife Trust, People and Wildlife Officer
E-mail: peopleandwildlife@alderneywildlife.org

Tim Morley – Alderney Wildlife Trust, Seabird Ecologist
E-mail: ecologist@alderneywildlife.org

Phil Bracegirdle – South East Grid for Learning Associates
E-mail: pbracegirdle@segfl.org.uk

Tim Hall - Living Islands: A Puffin Season on Burhou Web Manager
E-mail: info@livingislands.co.uk

Channel Islands Travelling Puffin Rota

Please check your address in the Puffin Newsletter download

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  1. Rosherville April 23, 2013 at 2:06 pm - Reply

    hello how are you. I have a question why do puffing only come out in the evening?

    • Aurelie Bohan
      Aurelie Bohan April 23, 2013 at 2:25 pm - Reply

      Hi Rosherville
      That’s a good question. Pufflings come out at night as it gives them more protection from Gulls.
      Aurelie

  2. Rosherville April 23, 2013 at 2:07 pm - Reply

    I have a another question why do puffins stay under water for 8 months

  3. Rosherville April 23, 2013 at 2:08 pm - Reply

    Hi! how are you? I have a question for you . How do puffins change the colour of their beaks?

    • Aurelie Bohan
      Aurelie Bohan April 23, 2013 at 2:25 pm - Reply

      At the end of the breeding season, when Puffins return to the sea, they will lose some of the colourful parts of their beaks. They will grow these back at the start of the next breeding season.
      Aurelie

  4. Rosherville April 23, 2013 at 2:09 pm - Reply

    sorry i mean on water

    • Aurelie Bohan
      Aurelie Bohan April 23, 2013 at 3:18 pm - Reply

      Puffins are more comfortable swimming or flying than being on land. Also as they eat fish they need to follow where the fish go.

  5. Rosherville April 23, 2013 at 2:11 pm - Reply

    also you should call the toy puffin puffi

    • Aurelie Bohan
      Aurelie Bohan April 23, 2013 at 2:21 pm - Reply

      Thank you we will put the name in the hat and pick the winner on Friday.
      Aurelie

  6. Rosherville April 23, 2013 at 2:12 pm - Reply

    why do puffins dig with there beak and feet

    • Aurelie Bohan
      Aurelie Bohan April 23, 2013 at 2:23 pm - Reply

      Because they are hard and sharp so can dig into the soil easily.
      Aurelie

  7. Rosherville April 23, 2013 at 2:15 pm - Reply

    why are puffin beaks so vibrant

    • Aurelie Bohan
      Aurelie Bohan April 23, 2013 at 2:32 pm - Reply

      So that they can attract a partner for the breeding season.
      Aurelie

  8. Rosherville April 23, 2013 at 2:15 pm - Reply

    Hi,
    iv’e got names.
    Twiter,skype,Mr.and Mrs.puffin,puffy,mufin,caremel.

    By maksim!!!!!!!!!!

    • Aurelie Bohan
      Aurelie Bohan April 23, 2013 at 2:28 pm - Reply

      Thank you for your name suggestions.
      Aurelie

  9. Rosherville April 23, 2013 at 2:16 pm - Reply

    do puffins migrate

    • Rosherville April 23, 2013 at 2:23 pm - Reply

      no

      • Aurelie Bohan
        Aurelie Bohan April 23, 2013 at 2:35 pm - Reply

        Actually Puffins do migrate. When they go to sea at the end of the breeding season they will go into the Atlantic ocean and go south as far as New York and Morocco.
        Aurelie

  10. Rosherville April 23, 2013 at 2:18 pm - Reply

    got some names for the toy puffins MR puff and MRs cudles

    valentino

    • Aurelie Bohan
      Aurelie Bohan April 23, 2013 at 2:36 pm - Reply

      Thank you for your name suggestions, we’ll see on Friday what the Puffins get called.
      Aurelie

  11. Rosherville April 23, 2013 at 2:20 pm - Reply

    Do puffins dig big holes?

    • Rosherville April 23, 2013 at 2:27 pm - Reply

      good names ethan

    • Aurelie Bohan
      Aurelie Bohan April 23, 2013 at 2:40 pm - Reply

      Puffins normally dig their own burrow which will be about 70 to 110 cm long. Our Puffins on Burhou use old rabbit burrows, which are much bigger and often have many different tunnels in them.
      Aurelie

  12. Rosherville April 23, 2013 at 2:20 pm - Reply

    Why are these birds called puffins?

    • Aurelie Bohan
      Aurelie Bohan April 23, 2013 at 2:55 pm - Reply

      I don’t know why a Puffin is called a Puffin. Maybe you could find out for us.

  13. Rosherville April 23, 2013 at 2:24 pm - Reply

    what happens if a rabbit goes into a burrow,when the puffin is in side it

    • Aurelie Bohan
      Aurelie Bohan April 23, 2013 at 2:44 pm - Reply

      The burrows on Burhou are old rabbit warrens. Rabbit warrens have lots of different tunnels in them. So on Burhou sometimes we have a rabbit in one tunnel, a Puffin in another, and last year we saw a Storm Petrel using another one. All of these animals shared the same burrow entrance.
      Aurelie

  14. Rosherville April 23, 2013 at 2:25 pm - Reply

    got a some names for the toy pufins chocolate and button

    • Aurelie Bohan
      Aurelie Bohan April 23, 2013 at 2:45 pm - Reply

      I like the names. We’ll find out on Friday what the Puffins will be called.
      Aurelie

  15. Rosherville April 23, 2013 at 2:25 pm - Reply

    do puffins have water proof feathers if not how do they swim

    • Aurelie Bohan
      Aurelie Bohan April 23, 2013 at 3:23 pm - Reply

      Yes Puffins have waterproof feathers, which helps them to keep warm

  16. Rosherville April 23, 2013 at 2:26 pm - Reply

    how do puffins change the coulor of there beaks ethan

    • Aurelie Bohan
      Aurelie Bohan April 23, 2013 at 2:30 pm - Reply

      At the end of the breeding season, when Puffins return to the sea, they will lose some of the colourful parts of their beaks. They will grow these back at the start of the next breeding season.
      Aurelie

  17. Rosherville April 23, 2013 at 2:30 pm - Reply

    haw dus the sawt get in the wowter

  18. D’Auvergne April 23, 2013 at 2:31 pm - Reply

    I think your website has a lot of information
    i have a name for the puffins “tweety pie”
    from nicole

    • Aurelie Bohan
      Aurelie Bohan April 23, 2013 at 2:46 pm - Reply

      Thank you Nicole

  19. D’Auvergne April 23, 2013 at 2:33 pm - Reply

    HI HOW ARE YOU AND BY THE WAY I WENT ON YOUR WEB SIGHT AND I LOVED YOUR INFORMATION ABOUT PUFLINGS AND PUFFINS HAVE YOU REALY BEEN THERE AND SET ALL THE CAMERES AND DID YOU SEE ANY PUFFINS AND PUFFLINGS.

    LOVE FROM WIKTORIA

    • Aurelie Bohan
      Aurelie Bohan April 23, 2013 at 3:29 pm - Reply

      I’m glad you are enjoying finding out about Puffins and Pufflings. Yes it was lots of fun setting up the cameras. So far I have only seen Puffins rafting on the water, but soon we will do counts of the Puffins on land

  20. Rosherville April 23, 2013 at 2:33 pm - Reply

    What time in the evening do puffins normaly come out?

    • Aurelie Bohan
      Aurelie Bohan April 23, 2013 at 3:30 pm - Reply

      Once Puffins have laid their eggs you will normally see the Puffins outside their burrows in the morning between about 8 am and 10 am and in the evenings between about 5 pm and 7 pm.

  21. Rosherville April 23, 2013 at 2:34 pm - Reply

    is there more than 100 spiecis opf gulls.

    • Rosherville April 23, 2013 at 2:35 pm - Reply

      do you mean of

      • Rosherville April 23, 2013 at 2:36 pm - Reply

        yes

        • Aurelie Bohan
          Aurelie Bohan April 23, 2013 at 3:35 pm - Reply

          There are about 55 species of gull in the world. In Britain we get about 20

  22. Rosherville April 23, 2013 at 2:35 pm - Reply

    why do male puffins and female puffins rub there beaks to gether?

    • Aurelie Bohan
      Aurelie Bohan April 23, 2013 at 3:36 pm - Reply

      They rub their beaks or bills together, called billing, to get to know their partner again

  23. D’Auvergne April 23, 2013 at 2:35 pm - Reply

    DID YOU REALY SET THE CAMERA AND HAVE YOU SEEN ANY PUFFINS AND PUFFLINGS HAVE YOU.

    LOVE FROM WIKTORIA

  24. Rosherville April 23, 2013 at 2:37 pm - Reply

    how long can puffins live for

    • Rosherville April 23, 2013 at 2:39 pm - Reply

      yes

    • Aurelie Bohan
      Aurelie Bohan April 23, 2013 at 3:37 pm - Reply

      On average Puffins live to about 18 years old. The oldest Puffin lived to 35 years 11 months and 13 days

  25. Rosherville April 23, 2013 at 2:38 pm - Reply

    I have names Tango,Peach,Cutie,Puffsie,Choclate.
    by Veer

    • Aurelie Bohan
      Aurelie Bohan April 23, 2013 at 3:39 pm - Reply

      Thank you for the name suggestions

  26. Rosherville April 23, 2013 at 2:40 pm - Reply

    why do puffins get scared of other birds?

    • Aurelie Bohan
      Aurelie Bohan April 23, 2013 at 3:06 pm - Reply

      Some birds like Great Black-backed Gulls will try and eat the eggs and young Puffling chicks. So adults get scared of other birds to try and protect their egg or Puffling

  27. Rosherville April 23, 2013 at 2:41 pm - Reply

    What time in the evening do puffins normaly come out of there burows?

    • Aurelie Bohan
      Aurelie Bohan April 23, 2013 at 2:59 pm - Reply

      Once Puffins have laid their eggs you will normally see the Puffins outside their burrows in the morning between about 8 am and 10 am and in the evenings between about 5 pm and 7 pm.
      Aurelie

  28. Rosherville April 23, 2013 at 2:43 pm - Reply

    what happens when a rabbit goes in a puffins burrow?
    by Veer

    • Aurelie Bohan
      Aurelie Bohan April 23, 2013 at 2:57 pm - Reply

      The burrows on Burhou are old rabbit warrens. Rabbit warrens have lots of different tunnels in them. So on Burhou sometimes we have a rabbit in one tunnel, a Puffin in another, and last year we saw a Storm Petrel using another one. All of these animals shared the same burrow entrance.
      Aurelie

  29. Rosherville April 24, 2013 at 1:26 pm - Reply

    why do puffings spend most of there time on sea?

  30. Rosherville April 24, 2013 at 1:31 pm - Reply

    can you please anser my qwestion …….
    why do puffins have to go on a date to get baby’s

    • Tim Morley - Seabird Ecologist
      Tim Morley - Seabird Ecologist April 25, 2013 at 9:18 am - Reply

      Puffins pair for life. This means the same male and female will breed with each other every year, so they have to keep a friendly relationship with each other so that they can raise their chick.

  31. Rosherville April 24, 2013 at 1:32 pm - Reply

    how long have puffins been around for?

    • Tim Morley - Seabird Ecologist
      Tim Morley - Seabird Ecologist April 25, 2013 at 9:41 am - Reply

      The AWT team have been monitoring Puffins since 2005, but other groups were watching them as far back as 1969. However, no one can say for sure but Puffins are certainly hundreds of thousands of years old at least!

  32. Rosherville April 24, 2013 at 1:34 pm - Reply

    hello my name is julia. ermmm why can’t puffins have theair nests on trees or mountins or what ever they always have in the ground please anser it ?????

    • Tim Morley - Seabird Ecologist
      Tim Morley - Seabird Ecologist April 25, 2013 at 9:42 am - Reply

      Puffins have to nest in burrows so that their eggs and chicks are safe from predators. Predators such as Skuas and Great Black-backed Gulls could reach them in trees but can’t get into the burrows.

  33. Rosherville April 24, 2013 at 1:35 pm - Reply

    do puffins little ones have school

    • Tim Morley - Seabird Ecologist
      Tim Morley - Seabird Ecologist April 25, 2013 at 9:51 am - Reply

      Pufflings are raised by their parents, so they will be taught to fish and fly by the adults when they fledge. They will also follow the adults out into the Atlantic Ocean during the Winter. So whilst they don’t have a school they still get a lot of education.

  34. Rosherville April 24, 2013 at 1:40 pm - Reply

    do they poo on land

    • Tim Morley - Seabird Ecologist
      Tim Morley - Seabird Ecologist April 25, 2013 at 9:58 am - Reply

      Yes they do, but they always make sure not to go in the burrow where the chick is, so that it is a nice place for them to grow up in.

  35. Rosherville April 24, 2013 at 1:42 pm - Reply

    do they drink sea water

  36. Rosherville April 24, 2013 at 1:58 pm - Reply

    what happens if rabitts gose in a puffin burrow and take the eeg.

  37. Rosherville April 24, 2013 at 2:03 pm - Reply

    by samuel

  38. Rosherville April 24, 2013 at 2:12 pm - Reply

    hi puffins

  39. Rosherville April 24, 2013 at 2:12 pm - Reply

    what happens if a puffin mother finds another egg wich is not hers!!!!!!!
    by samuel

    ps is alderney nere america

    • Tim Morley - Seabird Ecologist
      Tim Morley - Seabird Ecologist April 25, 2013 at 10:01 am - Reply

      Each mother Puffin will have her own burrow so there is no confusion in finding another mothers egg. They will make sure to only incubate their own egg.
      Alderney is a small island South of the UK. It is actually closest to Northern France.

  40. Rosherville April 30, 2013 at 1:32 pm - Reply

    when did you first see a puffin?

    • Tim Morley - Seabird Ecologist
      Tim Morley - Seabird Ecologist April 30, 2013 at 4:09 pm - Reply

      The first Puffin seen on Burhou arrived on March the 19th this year.
      But I saw my first ever Puffin when I was 6 years old on the Isles of Scilly and have loved them ever since!

  41. St. Anne's May 6, 2013 at 8:43 pm - Reply

    We had a fantastic time with Cousteau the puffin. She is on her way to Le Murier School now. Have fun with her Le Murier! From Mrs Etheredge and Year 6

    P.S We wondered do you know how warm it is inside a puffin burrow?

    Have you ever used data loggers in a puffin burrow to measure the amount of light, sound or temperature?

    • Tim Morley - Seabird Ecologist
      Tim Morley - Seabird Ecologist May 7, 2013 at 10:14 am - Reply

      Hi St Anne’s
      Unfortunately we do not have the equipment to measure temperature, light or sound within a Puffin burrow so am unsure what these levels would be. It is a great idea to find out though and if we can make it happen we will, and let you know the results.

      Glad you hear you had fun with Cousteau and that he his on his way around the Channel Islands. We are looking forward to seeing his adventures!

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