Little Terns Under RSPB Guard on Kessingland Beach

Bird wardens and volunteers are keeping a close eye over a little tern colony in Kessingland to ensure that their breeding is successful.


Kessingland Beach is currently home to 33 nests, 50 birds and 6 chicks and is being watched by RSPB bird wardens and a team of volunteers. The site itself, 7,500 sp m in size, is being protected by an electric fence, too, to make sure that nothing untoward happens to them.

Though there were over 100 breeding pairs of the birds calling the beach home in 2013, no chicks survived to leave the nest, leaving wardens puzzled as to what happened to them. The little terns face threats from dogs, people and even kestrals who often prey on tern chicks.

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