- On 22nd May 2019
- In Ecology, Engineering, Research and Development
- By Luke
Following on from our previous blog posts, our little tern (Sternula albifrons) nest trial with the RSPB went ahead with great haste in order to arrive at nesting sites before the birds, who were very early this year due to the mild winter. We managed to place the artificial nests at several sites in Essex, based on available suitable substrate for nesting (shingle, sand and shell), sufficient elevation and previous nesting habits of little terns.
We have also placed ceramic models of little terns, produced by RSPB’s Paul Davis. These models have proven effective in tricking little terns into thinking there are already others nesting at this site, which must therefore mean it is a good location to start a family! Now we just have to wait for the little terns to arrive to evaluate whether the nests are a success!