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Runde is the southernmost of the big Norwegian bird islands. With its 160 inhabitants the island belongs to the bridge- and fishery municipality Herřy. Runde has an exceptional variety of species - in fact all our sea-birds nesting in colonies represented. Most numerous is probably the tourists great favourite: the puffin. Difficult to count where it hides its nest in screens and holes in the ground. However there are thousands of pairs, perhaps hundreds of thousands. The kittiwake makes up the second giant colony with about 50.000 pairs. Buzzing and screaming they leave their unmistakable mark on the bird cliff. Biggest of all the inhabitants of the bird cliff is the beautiful gannet, blending white with orange lines across the head. The colony at Rundebranden is the biggest and oldest in Norway, one of only about 40 gannet colonies in the world.

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