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Climate change threatens puffin colony–BBC Fake News

August 2, 2018
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By Paul Homewood



Well, the BBC said it, so it must be right!!



Meanwhile, off the Welsh coast puffins are continuing to thrive, according to the latest count on Skomer Island:





I wonder why the BBC forgot to mention the industrial harvesting of sand eel by Denmark in the North Sea? The same sand eel which just so happen to be the puffin’s principal food source.



  1. Phoenix44 permalink
    August 2, 2018 9:53 am

    So numbers decline after increasing. Well, never seen that before in an ecosystem. Must be climate change.

    But more seriously, either this reporter is actually stupid and so doesn’t look at what the trend has been, or is a liar. Either way, why do I have to pay for that?

    • Jon Scott permalink
      August 2, 2018 10:05 pm

      If this did not happen repeatedly I would agree and say ignorance but I actually think this requires malign intelligence. I have written to the PC BBC on numerous occasions and the smug replies appall me. It is called “Lying by Omission”. The reporter deliberately tells only part of a story so that when challenged they can show their information has some credibility. The cynical way in which they do this it seems without reproach suggests they have protectors in high places. They learned their trade well from their friends in the Kremlin or at least RT

  2. August 2, 2018 9:57 am

    I listened to this in total disbelief.

    • Curious George permalink
      August 2, 2018 2:40 pm

      Their website does not allow comments. They are not that stupid.

  3. John Palmer permalink
    August 2, 2018 9:58 am

    Paul… I’m quite sure that, now you’ve pointed out the error/omission, they’ll post an update😏
    Anyway, I thought you were on yer hols….

    • HotScot permalink
      August 2, 2018 10:37 am

      John Palmer

      Must be raining on the Plains of Spain.

      That’ll be climate change then……… 🙂

  4. Ian Magness permalink
    August 2, 2018 10:06 am

    I was at a talk on auks by a well-known bird biologist last year and he came out with the same nonsense. For background, puffins, guillemots, razorbills, auklets and similar are known generally as auks. Where sandeels (or sandlances as the Americans call them) exist in quantity in shallow seas in various parts of the globe, auks predate upon them heavily – in many cases as their primary food source.
    Anyhow, back to the lecturer. I met up with him later and asked how his reported “clear signal of global warming” had been identified. He reported that it was down to the zooplankton on which the auks prey-fish fed. Apparently, the increase in sea temperatures (I didn’t get into that…) around our coast is lowering zooplankton populations. At this, I asked him how extensively and for how long zooplankton concentrations had been studied in order to establish that such populations were in genuine decline. To his credit, he admitted that, er, this was pretty much conjecture based on theories. No such detailed research has been carried out over any length of time or over extensive geographies. Frankly, from what he said I doubt that it is being done now.
    I was left with the feeling that if you cannot trust one of Britain’s most respected biologists to be objective and honest about the conclusions that can be drawn about bird population variations, then who can you trust?

  5. August 2, 2018 10:08 am

    The trouble is, one day “fake news” will be defined as anything NOT broadcast on the BBC and other MSM outlets.
    The BBC think everything they broadcast is 100% reliable and will accept no criticism.
    If you doubt this, watch any episode of “Newswatch”.

  6. August 2, 2018 10:19 am

    I am afraid that Jennifer Bartram is just you typical local weather present/journalist (Look North), who doesn’t really know much about anything she is talking about and who simply accepts anything she is told and spouts the usual BBC propaganda. She no doubt has a glittering career ahead of her at the BBC.

  7. August 2, 2018 11:28 am

    So where did the puffins hang out during the Medieval Warm Period or previous interglacial warmings? Or, for that matter, when the sea levels were much lower due to the ice and England was not an island. Hmmmm?

    • Gerry, England permalink
      August 2, 2018 12:55 pm

      Not to mention the zooplankton!

  8. August 2, 2018 11:52 am

    Tim Melling of the RSPB was on the BBC News Channel yesterday talking about the extension of protected areas for Puffins in Yorkshire.
    He pointed out that while the nesting areas and two miles out to sea had been protected, the areas where they go to catch sand eels had not.
    He also mentioned wind farms as a potential hazard for Puffins.
    No mention of “climate change”, for which he should receive commendation.

    • Gerry, England permalink
      August 2, 2018 12:55 pm

      Or the RSPB supporting windmills…

  9. Terry Breverton permalink
    August 2, 2018 12:57 pm

    principal [not principle] food source – please keep up the great work, T

    Sent from Outlook


  10. August 2, 2018 2:16 pm

    Rats, no not activists masquerading as BBC journalists, but a common cause of bird population decline:

    Another possible cause is the invasion of ecology students doing surveys.

  11. Harry Passfield permalink
    August 2, 2018 2:32 pm

    That chart looks awfully like a hockey stick. Hmmm… [grin]

    • David Ashton permalink
      August 2, 2018 5:35 pm

      Absolutely, if we don’t stop global warming soon we’ll be overrun with puffins.

  12. Stonyground permalink
    August 2, 2018 6:09 pm

    Sorry to be OT but we just got a phone call from a guy trying to sell us a smart meter.

  13. saparonia permalink
    August 2, 2018 9:43 pm

    Notice all these animals in decline live where we can’t actually go and count them for ourselves.

    • diogenese2 permalink
      August 3, 2018 6:47 am

      you can go to the Farne Isles and count the puffins, though it’s too late now because they will have left for Iceland by now. Puffins nest in holes in the ground and you count by sticking your hand in the hole. If your fingers get bitten then that is plus one.

  14. Wellers permalink
    August 2, 2018 10:49 pm

    More fake news on the R4 PM Programme yesterday. Eddie Mair was asking a ‘penguin expert’ to explain why the Emperor Penguin colonies on Pig Island near the Antarctic had declined. Naturally and right on cue she explained that it had to be due to global warming.

    • August 3, 2018 11:26 am

      Remember some months ago, the article posted here that Adelie penguins about to go under as predicted by some nitwit from one of the NY gaggle of universities? Then someone looked at other islands and found millions of the little dudes? And it turned out that the surveys had been done using aerial photos which made missing the other islands even more egregious. I believe the university gal was Heather (Erica tetralix or Calluna vulgaris?)

  15. August 3, 2018 2:36 am

    Climate impact research is just “an easy publication” for aspiring lecturers and assistant professors working their way up in the RTP process no matter what their field of study. (Retention, Tenure, Promotion)

    • August 3, 2018 11:12 am

      Retention, Tenure & Promotion need to be deep-sixed.

      RTP RIP

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