Preston Docks Common Terns
In 2009 a pair of Common Terns made a successful breeding attempt on a pontoon at Preston Dock, raising two young. Fylde Bird Club capitalized on the opportunity to create a thriving tern colony by introducing artificial Common Tern nest sites on the pontoons at Preston Dock. In April 2010 Paul Ellis and Paul Slade installed a number of gravel-filled tyres and slate shelters on the pontoons. The project was successful, in 2011 ten pairs nested and in 2012 a colony of approximately 30 pairs had established.
In March 2013 further artificial nest sites were installed, which will increase the capacity for the burgeoning colony.
Fylde Bird Club would like to thank Preston Marina, Andrew Newsham and Ian Smith from Preston City Council and Andrew Gouldstone and Clare Reed from RSPB for their help with nest site construction and their enthusiastic approach to the Common Tern project.