Corpus ID: 131508925

Colony habitat selection by Little Terns Sternula albifrons in East Anglia: implications for coastal management

  title={Colony habitat selection by Little Terns Sternula albifrons in East Anglia: implications for coastal management},
  author={N. Ratcliffe and S. Schmitt and J. Tratalos},
Little Terns Sternula albifrons are unusual among UK seabirds in that a large proportion of the population breed on mainland beaches in East Anglia. Relative sea-level rise means that such habitats are under threat in this region, and so we quantified colony habitat selection of beach nesting Little Terns in order to inform habitat restoration and creation initiatives. Random 1 km sections of beach were selected and the presence or absence of a Little Tern colony within each was related to… Expand

Figures from this paper

Little tern breeding success in artificial and natural habitats: modelling population growth under uncertain vital rates
The results suggest that artificial habitats can be very productive breeding sites for habitat deprived tern populations, and management should concentrate on improving both habitats with emphasis on natural sites. Expand
99 Abstract: In 2018 we positioned decoys in two selected and fenced areas and we induced the settlement of a colony of Little Terns, with the aim to bring a “guardian” species back and to restoreExpand
Breeding Habitat Use of Little Tern along Enshunada Coast-Tenryu River Continuum in Relation to Dam Development
Breeding habitat of the Little Tern in a coast-river continuum was studied in relation to dam development. A habitat shift from coast to river occurred decades after dam construction as theExpand
The effectiveness of management options in reducing human disturbance to wetland and coastal birds
Human disturbance to wildlife is a serious conservation issue for many groups of species. Birds inhabiting wetland and coastal environments may be of particular concern as they are exposed toExpand
Distribution and breeding of the Slender-billed Gull Chroicocephalus genei, Common Tern Sterna hirundo and Little Tern Sternula albifrons in Algeria
1 Laboratoire de Conservation des Zones Humides, Université 8 Mai 1945 Guelma, Guelma, Algeria. E-mails:;; 2 Department of Ecology, University 8 MaiExpand
Incubation stage and polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) congener patterns in an altricial and precocial bird species.
The results from both species suggest that the stage of incubation is not an important consideration when evaluating PCB congener patterns; comparisons and assessments can be made with eggs collected at all stages of incubations. Expand
Importance of the Landlocked Pond Smelt as a food resource of the Little 4 Tern 5 6


    Are salinas a suitable alternative breeding habitat for Little Terns Sterna albifrons
    Data suggest that, when both habitats are available, older and/or higher quality birds prefer sandy beaches for breeding, presumably trying to re-nest in salinas when first breeding attempts failed, which might indicate that salinas are a suitable alternative breeding habitat for Little Terns. Expand
    Selection of foraging habitats by Little Terns Sterna albifrons at the Ebro Delta (NE Spain)
    It was found that the frequency of birds observed foraging at freshwater and brackish habitats did not differs significantly from the frequencies to be expected based on the availability of these habitats. Expand
    Least Terns Nesting on Natural and Artificial Habitats in Georgia, USA
    Although increasing numbers of Least Terns (Sterna antillarum) are nesting on artificial substrates such as dredged-material and roofs, it is not known if these colonies are successfully fledging young, and high within-habitat type variability due to catastrophic colony failures masked differences in hatching success among habitat types. Expand
    The variable breeding success of the little tern Sterna albifrons in South-East India and protective measures needed for its conservation
    Abstract Two of the most important factors determining the reproductive success of five little tern Sterna albifrons colonies along the coast of Kodikarai, South-east India were colony location andExpand
    Colony site selection and abandonment by least terns Sterna antillarum in New Jersey, USA
    Abstract To develop habitat and management procedures to protect declining populations of least terns, colony site selection and abandonment by this species was investigated at 26 sites in NewExpand
    Nest Site Selection in Least Terns (Sterna antillarum) in New Jersey and New York
    Terns nesting during the peak of the nesting season fledged the most young and suffered the fewest losses to predators, resulting in higher reproductive success in these sections of the colony. Expand
    Colony Site Selection by Least Terns: Physical Attributes of Sites
    -I examined physical characteristics of sites occupied by Least Tern (Sterna antillarum) colonies on Long Island, New York, in comparison to sites without colonies. Contrary to historical recordsExpand
    Ground-nesting waterbirds and mammalian carnivores in the Virginia barrier island region: Running out of options
    We examined changing patterns of distribution of two large mammalian predators, the raccoon (Procyon lotor) and red fox (Vulpes uulpes), and beach-nesting terns and Black Skimmers iRynchops niger)Expand
    Creation and management of artificial nesting sites for wetland Birds
    Since 1963 about 270 islands and 40 rafts have been constructed and managed in Britain by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, mainly at its wetland reserves. These structures are primarilyExpand
    The use of decoys to attract Least Terns ( Sterna antillarum ) to abandoned colony sites in New Jersey
    Decoys were used at two recently abandoned Least Tern colony sites in New Jersey to encourage nesting and indicate that decoys can be used to attract Le least Terns to abandoned colony sites and may be useful for managing LeastTerns and other colonial nesting birds. Expand