Date lodged: 19 December 2017
To ask the Scottish Government how it plans to respond to reports that the black-legged kittiwake has joined the Atlantic puffin as a threatened species on the IUCN Red List.
Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 10 January 2018
The Scottish Government is presently considering the IUCN global report on the black-legged kittiwake. A national indicator of breeding success of black-legged kittiwake is presently being prepared for the assessment of Good Environmental Status under the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive, which is due in 2018. Analysis of these reports will help determine whether additional action is required to halt the decline of black-legged kittiwake, over and above measures already being taken under the EU Wild Birds Directive and the OSPAR Convention.