Sunday, 8 May 2011

A Good (Little) Tern needed?

Once again, as I have for the past 25 years I trudged down Beacon Lane this afternoon to view these wonderful birds...

A special Yorkshire breeder. Nearly every year despite the vigilant efforts of the staff and warden the mortality rate is very high. Various methods of protection have been combat the various types of predator, be it Crow, Kestrel, Fox etc. I'm sure this matter has been discussed many times by the people concerned. It's such a pity for the staff and especially for the birds that all that effort is virtually entirely unrewarded.
Also, if this trend continues we could eventually lose this species as a breeding bird, which would obviously be a tragedy. Nature must take its course...of course, but couldn't it be bent a little more to ensure a successful breeding season?

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