- 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.
The little tern numbers have seriously declined in recent years as they struggle to find safe beaches to nest and feed their young. Over a third of the UK breeding population make a home in East Anglia.
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 Paul Davis from RSPB. 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!
The little tern nests are created as part of our GeoBlock concept, learn more by clicking here.