Tyre-iffic nesting success for common terns at Preston marina

12th July 2013

Preston marina in Lancashire is now home to a colony of common terns thanks to a new scheme that is providing them with nests made from recycled tyres and gravel.

Set up by Preston City Council, Fylde Bird Club and the RSPB, the scheme has more than doubled the amount of common terns, which have been struggling in recent years, with more than 80 pairs now nesting at the site.

The plan was put in action after it was noticed that the terns were trying to make nests near to the breakwaters but failing due to a lack of suitable nesting material.

The colony is thought to have come from a breeding ground in Shotton, North Wales, however Preston marina, situated alongside the River Ribble is now their new home.

Experts and locals are hoping that the seabirds will continue to nest and thrive in Preston city, hopefully seeing an increase in numbers in years to come.

For more information about the common terns and other birds in the area take a look at The Fylde Bird Club website

Other interesting tern nests include the raft homes installed at RSPB Saltholme, near Stockton. The rafts are covered in cockleshells and have plastic walls to keep predators out but have proved a hit with the birds. 

Have you ever seen any unusual bird nests in your garden or whilst out and about? Cigarette bins seem to be a hit with our flying friends..

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