Thursday, 3 September 2009

Another great year at Gronant Little Tern Colony

For the fourth year running, the little tern colony at Gronant beach has had a successful season.

This year a record 111 pairs nested at the site, with 123 young little terns successfully fledged.

Nesting on the shingle beach, the little terns, the second rarest sea bird in the UK, are very vulnerable to predation and disturbance. The site at
Gronant, near Prestatyn, is extremely important as it is now the only place in Wales that little terns breed.

Denbighshire County Council’s Countryside Service, with the help of match funding by the Countryside Council for Wales and technical support from the RSPB, employed three seasonal wardens this year.

Success in 2009 could not have been achieved without the support given by a band of dedicated volunteers, both local and from afar, to help these small seabirds that are now on their way back to western Africa for the winter.


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