Welcome to the website of the Handa Island Skua Project

Skuas are among the least known but most charismatic of Britain's seabirds.

Arctic skuas are in dramatic decline and may soon disappear from Britain's shores, while the Great skua (or "bonxie") is controversial because of its widely debated effect on other seabird populations.

We have been monitoring and studying both of these species at their most important site in West Scotland since the year 2000.

Chapel Bay, Handa Island

Our hope is that this website will draw you into the fascinating world of skuas at their breeding colony, and in the surrounding oceans.

As well as an overview of the results and ongoing activities of the project, you can find broader information on the ecology and behaviour of Britain's skuas, the important related conservation issues, as well as plenty of photos of these and other seabirds.

The site is still being developed with much more content still to come, so please keep checking back.

What's New

VOLUNTEER TO WORK WITH SKUAS ON HANDA IN 2012

2011 RESULTS

Summary of 2011 breeding season now available on Research page

About Us

Great Skua Displaying

Contact us: info@handaskuas.org

Handa Island is a Scottish Wildlife Trust nature reserve.