I tried to title this post with a witty play on the word tern.. terning the tide, terning up the heat but they all sounded rubbish so I kept it basic. We’ve been making space for terns, simple as that.
It’s been a crazy couple of weeks! If I see another bag of shingle, I may pass out! We have been very busy lugging it around and doing some management work to improve potential nest sites for terns across our sites.
Terns, mainly common and sandwich but also little and roseate nest, or used to nest, in the Solent area. There are still a number of colonies such as the ones on the islands off of Farlington Marshes. When you look at these colonies in the height of the breeding season with hundreds of screaming sea birds you would be forgiven to think that they are doing very well.
Unfortunately there are some underlying issues resulting in the decline in all tern species in the Solent. Productivity, (the number of chicks produced each year) is not at a sustainable level. Basically they are not producing enough baby terns to keep the population going.
Now, this is down to a lot of issues; over fishing, pollution, irregular weather and lack of suitable nesting space. Well, I can’t do much about most of these but I can provide some space and that is what we have been doing!