We now have six nests and 13 eggs at the north end of the site – about 250 metres from the estuary where they more typically nest. We have erected a cordon and are working on electric fencing but badly need volunteer wardens. The chief threat is walkers and dogs at the moment but gulls and corvids will become a problem as chicks hatch.

Meanwhile dredging continues probably as a consequence of easterly weather in the first part of the year. Little terns are currently apparently foraging to the north possibly around Clogherhead area. Observations of a few larger tern species hunting along the estuary mouth appear unproductive – the origin o fthe se birds is unclear but given the distance to the nearest colony they are unlikely to be breeding.

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