Monday, 30 June 2014

30th June: Little Tern Recovery Project Update

The shorebird breeding season is well underway with chicks becoming a regular sight on our coast line. It’s an exciting time for visitors but a worrying time for parent birds who keep a close eye on their offspring to help see them through until they can fly themselves. The EU Life Project currently running on the coast has done its bit to help by adding new areas protected by fencing. This creates small parts of the beach just for wildlife which is free from disturbance. Any disturbance from dogs or people can cause parent birds to move away from the chicks and open them up to all sorts of dangers.

As well as fenced off areas we have our unsung heroes of Lindisfarne NNR shorebirds - our hardy bunch of volunteer wardens. They have been busy keeping watch over our shorebirds all along the Northumberland Coast. They are tasked with speaking to visitors and collecting valuable information on how the birds manage over the summer months.

Gill is one of many shorebird wardens keeping a close eye on the coast

We are always looking for more people to help - If you would like to volunteer or for more information then get in touch:

Mhairi Maclauchlan
Project Co-ordinator EU LIFE+ - Little Tern Recovery Project Northumberland

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