Grey Heron: playing statues | Nature Notes from Dorset

During the spring and summer grey herons (Ardea cinerea) gather together in nesting colonies and so become less frequent elsewhere in Dorset. There are currently eight known heronries in the county which are surveyed every year and the figures obtained show the grey heron as a declining species. One of these heronries is on Brownsea Island and they are known to be heavy predators of the tern colony and sandwich terns in particular have suffered although measures have been taken to reduce this with some success and the terns have benefited as a result.

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