Name: Manx Shearwater
Scientific name: Puffinus puffinus
Nature Stars: 60
About: Shearwaters are members of a group of birds known as 'tubenoses', a group that also includes fulmar, albatrosses and the tiny storm petrels. Manx Shearwaters nest in burrows on a small number of islands off the west coast of Britain, visiting the burrows
How to identify: A medium-sized black and white bird with long stiff wings, sometimes seen in large numbers, particularly in the evening, near their nesting sites. The size of a small gull.
Where: Nests on rocky islands around the coasts of Wales, Scotland, Ireland and the Isles of Scilly.
Fantastic fact: A Manx Shearwater that nested on Bardsey Island in Wales in 2008 was at least 56 years old and estimated to have flown more than 5 million miles in its lifetime.
Photograph credit: Cotinis