On Scotland’s north-eastern fringe, the islands’ cliffs, once teeming with a cacophony of noisy bird life, have fallen to a dull hum of lapping waves – Shetland’s famous landscape is now bereft of the seabirds that once filled the air with screeches and squawks.

A particular loss to the archipelago has been the colonies of kittiwakes – so-called because of their distinctive ‘kitti-wa-a-ak’ squawk – which have vanished from parts of Shetland completely.

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