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Quantifying foraging areas of little tern around its breeding colony SPA during chick-rearing 2015

Marine JNCC Publications Seabird Surveys 0963-8091 Birds Coastal and Estuarine Evidence Habitats JNCC report series Marine Monitoring Seabirds Species Status Surveillance and Monitoring 548


There are five species of tern breeding in Great Britain (GB), all of which are colonial ground-nesters. In order of abundance they are: Arctic tern (Sterna paradisaea – 52,613 pairs), Sandwich tern (S. sandvicensis – 10,536 pairs), common tern (S. hirundo – 10,134 pairs), little tern (Sternula albifrons – 1,927 pairs) and roseate tern (Sterna dougallii – 52 pairs) (Mitchell et al 2004). The latter two species are among the rarest seabirds breeding in GB and all five species of tern are listed on Annex 1 of the EU Birds Directive (EU 2009), which requires Member States to classify Special Protection Areas (SPA) for birds listed on Annex I and for regularly occurring migratory species.

Resource type Publication

Topic category Environment

Reference date 2015·04·01

Parsons, M., Lawson, J., Lewis, M., Lawrence, R. & Kuepfer, A. (2015) Quantifying foraging areas of little tern around its breeding colony SPA during chick-rearing, JNCC Report No. 548, JNCC, Peterborough, ISSN 0963-8091.

This report describes work undertaken between 2009 and 2013 to quantify usage of the marine environment by little tern around its breeding colony SPAs in the UK.

Responsible organisation
Communications, JNCC publisher

Limitations on public access No limitations

Use constraints Available under the Open Government Licence 3.0

Metadata date 2019·09·09

Metadata point of contact
Communications, JNCC

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