Images by Kevin Simmonds
Images by Kevin Simmonds
Little Tern Project
Little Tern Project

Associated species

Little terns share our beaches with many other shorebirds.  These include the following:


Ringed Plovers are small, brown, black and white birds.  They run along the beach at the first sign of danger making a distinct call to distract predators away from their young.


Oystercatchers are black and white, they have long orange beaks used to probe the sand for food.  They nest in small numbers during the summer but can be found in large flocks during the winter.


Arctic and common terns also nest in colonies and are extremely fierce in defending their young.  Larger than little terns, Arctic terns have striking red bills and long tail streamers while common terns have an orange bill with a black tip.

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Little Tern Recovery Project is generously supported by the EU LIFE+ Nature Programme