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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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26 June, 2010

Sandwich Tern (Sterna sandvicensis)

Mid summer and Briwnsea Island is one of the best places in the country to see Sandwich Terns. There are scattered colonies but the they nest right in front of the hides on the Brownsea Lagoon.

Another white sea bird with a black head but the Sandwich Tern is much more streamlined than a gull and a fishing bird that dives in to the shallow sea for small fish. You can sea them around Poole Harbour and along the sandy beached of Studland and Swanage.

They are summer migrants arriving from around April time and setting off back south in September.

They are very noisy birds and quite bad tempered, quite readily squabbling amongst each other and using dreadful language! They nest close together on stony or sandy islands in shallow areas of water and the close proximity of their neighbours leads to these disputes.