The Petrels are truly legitimate seafaring birds. Mysterious and rarely seen, they spend much of their lives at sea, only coming to land to nest under the cover of dark. The name Petrel is referenced to Saint Peter, given to the birds as they appear to walk on water when taking off.


Petrels have adapted to a life of constant flying. Reeling and gliding close to the ever changing ocean surface, they tame the constant updrafts to power their flight.

Photo Jack Johns

Most common off the UK waters are Storm Petrels, the smallest of seabirds. Stocky, yet elegant, these long distance migrants and travellers are so named as they would often take shelter in the lee of ships during storms.

"I’ll always raise a smile and a nod when I see these birds out to sea on the wildest of days." Tom Kay, Founder and Director.