A key pressure on marine birds is the decreasing area of high tide nesting and roosting sites as sea levels rise. There is significant competition for the existing sites within the Harbour and nests of some species will often be flooded by Spring high tides before eggs have hatched.
This focus area is seeking opportunities to expand and enhance high tide sites, improving the resilience of bird habitat to the increasing impacts of climate change.
We are also developing initiatives to raise awareness of the impact of human behaviour on marine birds and to encourage Harbour users to adapt behaviours and admire the wildlife from a distance.
Furthermore, farmland birds are an important part of the wider Harbour landscape and we are supporting initiatives that increase habitat for different species.