Following a big joint push for developing tern sites this year, with organisations such as Natural England, The RSPB and Chichester Harbour Conservancy all in on the action, I was on the search for new sites to establish or improve the potential for breeding terns.
Late last year I cast my eye over a map of the area for suitable locations and the first to catch my eye was Budds Farm Sewage Works, directly next to Southmoor, one of our reserves. It had a large lake that was only a stones throw away from the sea and sandwiched in a very productive part of the harbour, with the Oyster Beds and Farlington on either sites and the islands in front. It would form a very nice part of the jigsaw. It also has the added bonus of being sheltered and completely independent of the tides, meaning no storm surges.