Bordered by Basque Country to the west and Aragon to the east, Navarra’s villages from the rustic Pyrenean pueblos on the French border to bustling Pamplona are seldom visited apart from the festival of San Fermines, and greet non-bullrunning tourists with enthusiasm and open arms.

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After the breeding season is finished at the end ofJune, the drakes moult and become almost indistinguishable from the females. The eider duck lays up to six pale olive eggs in a sumptuous nest made of her own soft down plucked from her chest, while the base of her nest is made of seaweed, coarse grass and bits of twig. Over the centuries, eiders have been one of the most important birds on the Farnes, because their soft down has been collected from the nests to make eiderdown quilts. There are about 700-800 nesting pairs, mainly on Farne, Brownsman, Longstone and Staple Islands. When the ducklings hatch they congregate in large creches and cross over to the inshore waters around Seahouses and Bamburgh accompanied by at least one devoted mother, but very often by two or three, just like devoted aunts, while the drakes take no part in rearing the young birds. Their main diet consists mostly of crustaceans and shellfish. other ducks such as widgeon, scoters and mallards have been recorded on the islands but only the mallard and shelducks have bred there. Fulmar (Fulmarus gladalis) The fulmar is an ocean bird ofthe Procellariidae family and usually only comes ashore to breed. It seems a friendly bird and one which divers see regularly on a trip to the Farne Islands. Fulmars will often follow a RIB for miles, criss-crossing and gliding just above the waves in front of and behind the dive boat.

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