A roseate tern for the bet­ter

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● Roseate terns mate for more than one sea­son and some­times for life

● 50% of the roseate terns that hatch on Co­quet to­day are born to par­ents that bred on the is­land, whereas, 20 years ago, 90% of chicks were fledged by adults that had hatched else­where

● The pres­ence of com­mon terns is es­sen­tial to the suc­cess of the roseate —they’re big­ger, more ag­gres­sive and help to keep preda­tors at bay

● The RSPB, with the help of the Euro­pean LIFE project, is work­ing to pro­vide suit­able con­di­tions for re­coloni­sa­tion in places where roseate terns used to breed, such as An­gle­sey, the So­lent, Forth Is­land in Scot­land and sites in Ire­land and North­ern Ire­land

● Lesser black-back gulls, which are a threat to roseate-tern chicks and food sup­plies, are warded off by a mo­bile-phone ring­tone that mim­ics their call

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