’Scouts do a good tern to help wildlife have a safe home’

EXPLORING Youngsters from 1st West Leigh Beaver Scouts on a recent trip to the Hermitage Stream in Havant
EXPLORING Youngsters from 1st West Leigh Beaver Scouts on a recent trip to the Hermitage Stream in Havant

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IN July the 1st West Leigh Beaver Scouts helped give nature a home with the RSPB.

Langstone Harbour was once a nationally important breeding area for rare little terns, but due to predation, human disturbance and shingle erosion, little terns have not successfully nested for the last three years.

The RSPB is managing the harbour to encourage little terns to nest in safe spaces.

As part of this, it is asking local Scout and Guide groups to help Havant’s little terns by building shelters for the chicks to hide from predators in.

Jasmine Atkinson, the RSPB people engagement officer, says little terns need our help.

They nest in places that can be vulnerable to high tides and predators.

The 1st West Leigh Beaver Scouts have done a very important job in making chick shelters for these birds.

By giving a home to these birds, the children learn the value of our natural world and understand it needs protecting.

Also last month, 1st West Leigh Beavers and Cubs went out pond dipping in the Hermitage Stream with Groundworks.

We all had a fun time and were amazed at the diversity of pond life found.

Congratulations are in order for Ben Bellenger, Ethan Hough and Jack Mortimer, all nine years old, who received the Silver Chief Scout award, the highest award a Cub Scout can achieve.

They completed seven challenge badges for activities including camping, hiking, and visits to a Hindu temple.

The group, based at New Lane, Havant, have spaces available.

Call (023) 9245 4153 or visit 1stwestleighscouts.org.uk.