No privacy for puffins on the uninhabited island of Burhou – watch them live, now!

puffin on Skomer island
(Image credit: Future)

A webcam has been set up on Burhou, near Alderney in the Channel Islands, to monitor the fascinating life of puffins. Every year between late March and early August, hundreds of puffins flock to a tiny islet two miles northwest of Alderney to clean their burrows, build their nests, hatch their eggs and raise their chicks.

Puffins mate for life, like penguins, and year after year they return to the same nesting site to hatch their young. They meet out at sea and, on returning to land, instantly recognize one another. Puffins can live for up to 20 years, and the male and female take turns to look after the eggs, but sadly the number of puffins returning to Burhou and other nesting sites around the UK is declining.

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.