Ninety percent of bird cliffs in Norway are located along the coastline stretching northwards from Lofoten. Why are there so few colonies of this kind in the south? Researchers from several institutions have collaborated in a recently published study which explains the connection between seasonal drift of fish larvae in the ocean and the location of seabird colonies along the coast.

The map displays the largest seabird colonies and the topography of the sea bottom along the Norwegian coast.
Map: Sandvik et al. 2016: Modelled drift patterns of fish larvae link coastal morphology to seabird colony distribution