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From The Guardian on 20-Jul-2014 20:43

North Ronaldsay, Orkney: The "sheep dyke" represents millions of hours of human labour, but to the fulmars it is simply the most sheltered spot to lay. Strange to think that the fulmar once had only a single breeding station in all Britain at St Kilda,  until it embarked on a slow expansion around our coasts that has eventually taken it to Kent and Cornwall. It probably arrived at this place in the early 20th century, where it showed astonishing adaptability.Previously the birds had expressed a preference for sheer cliffs as nesting locations, but this low-lying island only rises to 75ft.

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