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2008-06-28 09:02:09

By Jenny Haworth PROTECTION areas for puffins and other treasured seabirds could be extended out to sea under new plans. Special Protection Areas stop at the coastline, but under new Scottish Government plans 31 of the sites would extend up to two and a half miles out to sea to protect birds on the water, as well as on the land. Seabirds such as puffins, gannets and guillemots use the water for feeding, preening and display during breeding. The sites that might be extended include...


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2008-11-29 19:35:41

The Northern Gannet (Morus bassanus, formerly Sula bassana), is a large seabird of the gannet family, Sulidae. They range through the North Atlantic. They are commonly found in large colonies, on cliffs overlooking the ocean or on small rocky islands. There is a one colony of this bird on Bonaventure island, Quebec with a total population of over 60,000 birds. More than half of the entire species, however, is found around the coasts of Great Britain, with the largest colonies on Bass Rock and...

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omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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