One of Britain’s rarest seabirds nests so close to the sea it finds its nests regularly flooded. It’s thought that there are fewer than 2,000 breeding pairs of little terns left in Britain. Nesting on beaches, the birds are sensitive to disturbance – as well as flooding from the sea. Ajay Tegala, ranger for the little tern stronghold at Blakeney Point, said: 'They tend to lay one to three camouflaged eggs on the beach, often close to the high water mark. This means that nests regularly get washed away if big tides are combined with stormy weather. They’re also vulnerable from a long list of predators – gulls, birds of prey, foxes, crows, snakes and even herons.' As part of an RSPB-led EU LIFE+ project, rangers at Blakeney Point have been using plaster models of little terns to encourage the birds to nest up the beach and away from the high tides.