Rare bird continues to go from strength to strength in Langstone Harbour

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A THREATENED sea bird continues to increase in numbers after being in danger of becoming extinct in Langstone Harbour.

More than 50 pairs of little terns are nesting on the islands in the harbour this year.

It is another encouraging year for the chattering sea bird after 60 pairs were recorded last year.

Back in 2008, there were just 13 pairs – the lowest in 30 years – and scientists believed the bird could be in danger of dying out altogether.

The increase in numbers is a success story for the RSPB, which has rebuilt the islands that the birds nest on. Tonnes of shingle was dumped on the islands so that the nesting sites are more stable and less affected by the tide.

Chris Cockburn, RSPB warden, said: ‘With help from members of our volunteer parties we have worked hard to get the nesting sites in ideal condition and give these birds the best possible chance of breeding.

‘Last year was the most successful for the harbour’s little terns since 2001 with 60 pairs nesting and at least 47 chicks fledging.’