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Factfile Bird hunting history

Guga hunting used to be common in many parts of Britain and Ireland most notably on the islands in the St Kilda group which has the world's largest northern gannet colony with over 60,000 pairs.

Dean Munro visited the islands in 1549 and his description of Sula Sgeir mentions the men of Ness coming for their boatful of wild fowls.

The RSPB estimates that the UK has 220,000 gannet nests.The guga eating championship was staged by Ness Football Club Social Club.

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