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News from charity the National Trust on bird conservation - At the Farne Islands and their surroundings, near the UK's Northumberland coast, cutting edge technology is showing the daily course or direction in which puffins are moving and providing information that is absolutely essential to the seabirds' survival.

Thanks to the use of the technology, scientists at conservation charity the National Trust have learned about the movement of the puffins and what direction they travel when they leave the islands every single day.

The information, which was collected over the last year, has helped them to conclude that the seabirds are heading out to sea at a distance of 20 miles to food 'hotspots' before returning to their conservation habitats.

Puffins are birds that need protections, so to support the puffin's future survival, these newly identified feeding hotspots will be crucial zones for future bird conservation work.

Habitat conservation for the puffins ensures that these birds are protected and their future can be strengthened as many birds are in danger.

It's important to protect these birds as in 2008 there was recorded a 30 percent drop in the amount of puffins, so during the last year Newcastle University researchers worked with wardens the island of Brownsman and launched a whole raft of puffin-surveillance equipment to monitor every move of the puffins.

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