St Kilda

Leach’s Storm-Petrel on Tweet of the Day

Wildlife Sound Recordist, Chris Watson, presents the Leach’s Storm-Petrel. Only the most far-flung islands around our coasts provide sanctuary for Leach’s Storm-Petrels, one of the most difficult of our breeding birds to see. Chris Watson tells the story of a perilous 2am climb he made to record the sounds of Leach’s Storm-Petrel’s in their breeding burrows on cliff ledges on the Island of Hirta in the St Kilda group. Read

Endemic and extinct mouses

The St Kilda field mouse (Apodemus sylvaticus hirtensis) is a subspecies of wood mouse endemic to the archipelago of St Kilda believed to have arrived on the boats of Viking settlers more than a 1000 years ago. It should not be confused with the St Kilda house mouse, a species became extinct two years after the island was abandoned in 1930, unable to survive without human scraps to feed on.

Last British Great auk

The last great auk (Pinguinus impennis) seen in Britain was killed on Stac an Armin, St Kilda in July 1840