Friday, September 17, 2010

Shotton Tern Colony

For the second year running the colony of Common Terns at Shotton failed to breed. This is disturbing news given that not so long ago they hatched over 800 chicks in one season. Concerned at this change of events a meeting of interested parties was convened to try and understand what had happened, what was potentially happening, and whether anything that could be done to reverse this non-breeding could be actioned.
At the end of August representatives from Merseyside Ringing Group (who tend and ring the terns), Corus (on whose land the terns nest), the Countryside Commission for Wales (statutory government agency), RSPB, Lancashire Wildlife Trust and Environment Agency Wales all met to discuss the colony. The notes and minutes of this meeting can be found at:
http://www.davidnorman.org.uk/MRG/shotton_common_terns.htm
Please feel free to read and comment. One request from the meeting was:
"We would be particularly interested to know if anyone has information on sandeels in the Dee estuary and if there is any objective assessment of where the terns preferred to feed - we've all watched them but we haven't really analysed their movements".

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