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Sadly very few pairs, if any, now breed along the Dorset coast but they are occasionally seen during spring and summer.

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Common Name Puffin
Scientific Name Fratercula arctica
Species Group Birds Shearwaters Petrels Auks and Cormorants
Status Scarce
Interest Level
  • 04 - April
  • 05 - May
  • 06 - June
  • 07 - July
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The extraordinary multi coloured beak 

Identification Notes
  • Quite a small bird, certainly smaller than its rekatives the guillemot and the razorbill
  • Always seen st sea offshore
  • There may be a very few nesting pairs on the Purbeck coast
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Birds Shearwaters Petrels Auks and Cormorants