Manx shearwater on colony at night from Annette Fayet.

The Canary in the Coal Mine: could seabirds provide early warning signs for our oceans?

Monday 10th Oct 2016, 10.00am

This podcast is part of the The Big Questions series.

Dr Annette Fayet tells us about the Manx Shearwater; a little seabird that makes a huge journey.

Every year they breed and raise their chicks in the UK before migrating to Argentina for winter, clocking up thousands of miles in their lifetimes. But what’s the price of parental devotion? Annette discusses how the harder parents have to works, the bigger the knock-on effects to their migration and breeding the following year are, and what this has to do with what’s going on in the oceans.

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You can read the paper that this research was published in here (it's free!).

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Podcast produced by Emliy Elias with music by John Lyons. Shearwater sounds provided by Magnus Robb, Killian Mull-arney & The Sound Approach.

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