Otter at large!

We suffered more predation overnight and the chief suspect is still an otter. 3 nests with 5 eggs between them were lost between yesterday’s nest check and todays.  An otter has been seen in the area, although it hasn’t been caught in action.  It’s...

68 Chicks

68 chicks have hatched at this stage.  There have been some losses, 10 eggs were lost to the spring tides and a total of 21 were predated.  It’s thought that starlings took a couple of nests at the northern end of the nesting enclosure.  There have been a number...

Spring Tide

The spring tide was as expected higher last night and came inside the nesting enclosure right along the whole length of it.  We lost all nests that were outside but thankfully all nests inside were safe.  Five nests with 10 eggs were gone.  We have 43 chicks and 58...

Rain, rain, rain….

Rain, rain, rain all day! Tough for the volunteer wardens and much tougher for the little terns. It was around 4pm before the rain stopped and eventually the sun came out and it was quite pleasant. Hatching and nesting continue. We now have 37 chicks. I marked three...

31 Chicks

The chick count has risen to 31.  There are some nests that have hatched one chick but still have an unhatched egg and these are unlikely to hatch at this stage.  There is also a nest with three eggs that appears to be abandoned, the last day that we saw it incubated...