Save England’s little tern chicks


This 11 February 2019 video from Britain says about itself:

We need your help to save this year’s Chesil Beach little tern chicks.

Little terns are one of the UK’s smallest and most threatened seabirds. Every April they beat tremendous odds, traveling thousands of miles from Africa to a small strip of Chesil Beach to raise their family.

Chesil’s little terns are the last remaining colony in South West England. The Chesil Beach Little Tern Recovery Project is a partnership project set up ten years ago to protect Dorset’s iconic bird. In 2009 the colony had dwindled to a handful of birds and no chicks fledged – the colony was at risk of being lost. The project saw the yearly installation of a predator fence around the colony and 24-hour wardening to protect vulnerable chicks.

Within one year nine chicks fledged, the highest success rate since 1976, and by 2017, the colony produced 73 fledglings.

The project costs £17,500 annually, previously funded via grants, but this summer’s funding has run short. We’ve secured £4000, but we need your help to raise the remaining £13,500.

We’ve set up the #LittleTernAppeal Just Giving Campaign to try and raise the urgent funds needed. Please donate here.

Please help us give 2019’s little tern chicks the best possible chance to safely grow from egg to fluffy fledgling and make their long journey to Africa in August. With your help we can make sure little terns remain part of Dorset’s landscape where they rightly belong.

Follow the appeal and all latest news at: facebook.com/RSPBSouthWest/.

1 thought on “Save England’s little tern chicks

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