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Chesil Beach's Little Terns Colony Growing

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8:34am 9th August 2014

Things are looking up for Chesil Beach's colony of little terns- it's bigger than ever.

The Chesil Beach colony - the only one of its type in the South West - has had its most successful year to date, thanks to the hard work and dedication of a local team of volunteers.

Conservationists had feared that, due to serious decline in breeding pairs on the beach, that the colony could disappear entirely, but as many as 60 chicks have made it to fledging this year, one of the highest broods on record.

And that's all down to the work put in by volunteers from the RSPB and a whole range of local projects - totalling over 1200 volunteering hours protecting the terns from litter, adverse weather conditions and other dangers.

"It's very rewarding to know you you've been part of such a fantastic breeding season. It leaves a very good feeling.' says Ron Curtis, one of the many volunteer wardens.

Don Moxom of the Chesil and Fleet Nature Reserve was also pleased to see a resurgance in the birds' numbers.

"It is such a morale boost to all the people around here to know the terns are doing well after struggling for a long time- a morale boost for everyone."

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