A successful puffling rescue is carried out

Puffling 'Pinkie' being returned to the sea off the Bass Rock by James.
Puffling 'Pinkie' being returned to the sea off the Bass Rock by James.

Following East Lothian’s puffling alert last week, the first young puffin has been successfully rescued after being found in a local garden.

The Scottish Seabird Centre appealed to people around North Berwick to be alert for young puffins – or pufflings – hiding in gardens or under their cars after becoming disoriented by the town’s lights and making their way to the mainland from the nearby islands rather than heading out to sea.

Lisa Semple’s children found the puffling hiding in their garden in the town’s Victoria Road. The puffling, subsequently named ‘Pinkie’ by youngsters was cared for by seabir centre staff before being released in the early evening - the time of day when a release at sea is most likely to be successful.

Following his release into the sea near the Bass Rock by James Leyden, one of the seabird centre’s boat trip guides, Pinkie was seen to successfully join the migration out to sea.

Scottish Seabird Centre chief executive, Tom Brock, said: “We appreciate the wonderful support from local people and the fact that they contact the Puffling Rescue Service every year.”

As the pufflings continue their departure, the public is encouraged to continue to seek assistance when needed. Contact 01620 890202 or SSPCA 03000 999 999.