Rare seabird has 'most successful' breeding season in 20 years

Little tern Nesting little terns are very vulnerable to rising sea levels, predators and human disturbance

Related Stories

A rare seabird has had its most successful breeding year in 20 years in north-east England, experts say.

Little tern colonies across three sites in Beadnell Bay, Lindisfarne and Crimdon Dene have produced more than 180 chicks this year.

The success is said to be largely down to good weather and rangers and volunteers patrolling the beaches.

The RSPB said these "much-needed" patrols protected the shore birds from predators and human disturbance.

This year, 89 little tern chicks fledged along the Northumberland coast at the National Trust's Long Nanny site in Beadnell Bay and at Natural England's Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve.

In Crimdon Dene in County Durham, 94 chicks successfully fledged thanks to the Northumberland Little Tern Project.

'Extremely vulnerable'

Little tern project co-ordinator Mhairi Maclauchlan, said: "We have been excited to help enhance the great work already going on for little terns at places such as Long Nanny and Lindisfarne. It seems to be paying off.

"However, we are painfully aware of how easily a good year can be followed by a bad one as little terns are extremely vulnerable to disturbance and bad weather events.

"This is why we will be continuing to work hard to protect these birds over the next four years of the project and beyond."

The birds arrive in the region UK from Africa each spring to nest on beaches.

About 1,900 pairs of little terns nest in Britain.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Tyne & Wear

Weather

Newcastle upon Tyne

3 °C -1 °C

BBC Local Live

  1.  
    14:12: Cold feet Andrew Humphrey BBC Local Live

    Lee Hargreave sent in this picture of a duck he saw, presumably trying to keep warm on the frozen pond in Barnes Park in Sunderland.

    Duck

    If you have any images you would like to share with Local Live, do send them in.

     
  2.  
    13:49: Christmas Day assault victim 'critically ill' Kristie Kinghorn BBC News Online

    A man is critically ill in hospital after being seriously assaulted on Christmas Day in Skelton.

    The 49-year-old was attacked at about 06:10 on Thursday on Hylton Avenue.

    Members of the public tried to intervene to help the man who had "significant" head injuries. Police said he remains in a critical condition in James Cook University Hospital.

    Three men, aged 29, 30 and 51, have been arrested and bailed on suspicion of assault.

     
  3.  
    13:28: Lunchtime TV Colin Briggs BBC Look North

    North Yorkshire Police are warning drivers that they're increasing the number of roadside checks they'll be carrying out, over the New Year period, and a man's been stabbed in his own home in Newcastle after a break in early this morning.

    Get that and more with me at 13:30 on BBC One.

     
  4.  
    13:04: Turbine plan challenged BBC Tees

    A legal challenge has been launched against Durham Tees Valley Airport - over plans to build a new wind turbine near the Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough.

    An objection from the airport's owners had claimed it would cause safety concerns for aircrafts.

     
  5.  
    12:39: Newcastle battle back from behind Saj Chowdhury BBC Sport

    Newcastle recorded their first league win in four games as they beat out-of-form Everton at St James' Park.

    Newcastle striker Ayoze Perez

    It was the Toffees' fourth league loss in five matches, although they made the ideal start when Arouna Kone fired in.

    Papiss Cisse swept home to level from Mike Williamson's pull-back, before Ayoze Perez drove in from 18 yards.

    Jack Colback then pounced on Ross Barkley's mistake to poke home the third before Kevin Mirallas set up a tense finale with a clipped finish.

     
  6.  
    12:19: Pair face jail after animal suffering Sunderland Echo

    A father and daughter are facing jail after a dog and cat were found in such a poor state in a Sunderland home that they had to be put down.

     
  7.  
    11:58: Rail woes easing BBC Newcastle

    East Coast Trains says passengers travelling to and from London from the North East should have an easier journey today after a weekend of long delays and disruption.

    Finsbury Park station

    Over-running engineering work meant Kings Cross was closed on Saturday causing chaos at Finsbury Park where trains were terminating.

    Kings Cross did reopen yesterday, but passengers reported that trains were packed, with many people having to stand for their whole journey to the North East.

    Last night trains heading north were delayed further by a broken-down train at Berwick.

     
  8.  
    11:38: Newcastle ear attack Julie Cush BBC News

    A woman is still in hospital three days after having part of her ear bitten off in a Boxing Day attack in a Newcastle nightclub.

    The Riverside, Quayside, Newcastle.

    Police said the 19-year-old was set upon during a disturbance in the Riverside Club just after 23:40.

    Officers discovered her with part of her ear missing and she was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary.

    The club was busy at the time of the attack and Northumbria Police is appealing for witnesses.

     
  9.  
    11:07: Give us your feedback

    What do you think of BBC Local Live? It's written by reporters across the North East and brings you the latest news, sport, travel and weather all in one place. We'd like your feedback about this service.

     
  10.  
    10:49: 'Horrific' Christmas Day attack The Gazette

    Neighbours have described their shock after a "horrific" Christmas Day attack left a man in critical condition in hospital.

     
  11.  
    10:27: A19 crash man in hospital BBC Tees

    A man is in hospital following a three vehicle crash on the A19 in North Yorkshire yesterday.

    The road was closed southbound between Stokesley and Osmotherley following the collision at 11:00.

    The 35-year-old had to be cut from his car before being given life support by paramedics.

     
  12.  
    09:58: RNLI rescue kayaker Rachel Kerr BBC News

    A kayaker was rescued by a RNLI Lifeboat from Cullercoats after his boat took on water yesterday.

    RNLI Lifeboat

    The man was found by his rescuers in the water next to his kayak which had been damaged in the sea swell.

    He suffered some cuts and bruises from being thrown out of his kayak.

     
  13.  
    09:41: Newcastle shooting arrests BBC Newcastle

    Two men in their twenties have been arrested after a window was shot at in Newcastle.

    It happened on Saturday night at Sunniside Gardens in Benwell.

    No one was injured.

     
  14.  
    09:20: Bedlington planning victory for protesters The Journal Newspaper

    Protestors who have battled since July against planning permission to build 14 houses next their homes are celebrating after the plans were refused.

     
  15.  
    08:54: Ice causing road problems

    There are hazardous driving conditions on the A66 in Middlesbrough, between the A19 junction and Cannon Park Interchange, because of ice.

     
  16.  
    08:31: 'New hope' for closed Turkish baths Kristie Kinghorn BBC News Online

    Campaigners fighting to save Newcastle Turkish Baths have been given "new hope" that it could reopen, thanks to a £10,000 grant.

    Turkish Baths

    Newcastle City Pool and Turkish Baths closed in 2013 as part of the city council's £100m budget cuts.

    Since its closure, the Re-open Newcastle Turkish Baths Group has been campaigning to save it.

     
  17.  
    08:12: Cold bright day Keeley Donovan Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    A cold and frosty start to the day with a risk of icy stretches and some freezing fog.

    Keeley Donovan

    Generally a dry and fine day, with bright and sunny spells, but it will feel cold with temperatures only getting up to 3C (37F).

     
  18.  
    08:00: Good morning Andrew Humphrey BBC Local Live

    Welcome to BBC Local Live. I'll be bringing you news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the North East.

    If you'd like us to feature your comments or pictures, send them to us by email, tweet us @BBCNewsNE or join our Facebook page.

     

Features

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.