The Puffin


The delightful Puffin is part of the Auk (Alcidae) family of birds. The puffin's Latin name 'Fratercula Arctica' means "little brother of the north". This is owing to the fact that they are commonly found in the North Atlanic regions. These encompass Canada, USA and Europe. Colonies adorn some of the rugged clifftop areas of the UK’s coastal waters and shores. The closest colony to On The Horizon's hometown, Bideford, is the colony that rests in the inlets and cliff tops of Lundy Island just off the North Devon coast in the Summer months.


Other birds in the auk family can also be spotted around Britsh, Irish, Welsh and Scottish coastal areas. Chiefly, these are the Guillemot, Razorbill and Little Auk. All of these birds, including puffins and their chicks, are often seen at Bempton Cliffs in North Yorkshire, the Farne Islands and Coquet Island in Northumberland, the Isle of May in Fife and the Shetland & Orkney Islands.


Puffins are true seabirds, spending their time at sea during the winter months. They come ashore to breed in the warmer months. Principally, their diet consists of fish, with sandeels being a top favourite!


Due to declining numbers, they have been added to the endangered list of seabirds and the RSPB is making stirling efforts to sustain their habitat and protect these stunning birds from decline. Their distinctive colourful bills and striking black and white feathering make them really stand out from the clifftop crowd!

On The Horizon's Atlantic Puffin sculpture, standing on wooden Block, has been made under fair trade conditions by Archipelago. All of our puffin sculptures are hand-carved from renewable softwood. The webbed feet have been hand-crafted and painted to give a high-quality and authentic finish.


5% of profits from sales of our Puffin sculptures will be donated to the RSPB to further their conservation work and help protect these stunning and characterful British birds from further decline.