Mixed fortunes for rare seabirds

One of the UK’s rarest breeding seabirds, little terns face numerous challenges to raise their chicks. In 2017, a total of 617 juvenile little terns fledged from colonies in the UK.

This is fewer than the 709 fledglings in 2016, but higher than the average for the five-year period before the current conservation project began (average of 609 fledglings per year between 2009 and 2013).

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