Mixed fortunes for Long Nanny shorebird site

It has been a season of mixed fortunes so far at the Long Nanny shorebird site.

Prior to Storm Hector on 14th June, the colony had got off to a good start, with the first Little Tern egg discovered by the rangers on 20th May, and the first Little Tern chick hatched on the 11th June. At its peak there were a total of 42 Little Tern nests at the site, with 37 of these being recorded by the rangers as “apparently occupies nests”.

Arctic Terns
The first egg was recorded by the rangers on 16th May, with the first chick hatching on 11th June and the first fledgling bird was recorded on 6th July.

" unfortunately Storm Hector devastated the site at a crucial time, and winds of 50 mph were recorded for a very prolonged period of 14 hours; after the storm, all of the Little Tern nests were abandoned, and approximately half of the 1887 occupied Arctic Tern nests were also abandoned "
- Jane Lancaster


However there is some positive news. The birds have had time and good weather on their side, and so they have been able to try again.  The first of the re-laid Little Tern eggs were discovered on 21st June, and as of the 11th of July there are 12 Apparently Occupied Nests at the site.

In terms  of the Arctic Terns, a lot of the pairs have re – laid and we estimate that there are currently 1500 active nests, and the BTO have already ringed over 200 Arctic Tern chicks.

The ranger team will issue  a final round up of the season once the birds migrate away from the site in August.