Little Tern: turning it around | Nature Notes from Dorset

The little tern (Sterna albifrons) is one of Britain's rarest species of breeding sea bird. It nests in colonies on shingle beaches and there are few such colonies here. I am delighted to say, however, that Dorset has such a breeding colony on the Chesil Beach; the only colony in south west England. Recently the number of nesting pairs became dangerously low due to human interference and natural predation by other species but stringent controls and monitoring, mainly by enthusiastic volunteers, means that the numbers have risen and it is, once again a thriving community raising about sixty fledgeling in 2014. A real success story for conservation in general and the RSPB in particular who oversee the project.

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