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1829 Talk: Roseate Terns on Coquet Island

Roseate Tern by Edward Appleby © NHSN

Friday 29 November, 18.29-18.45

With Ibrahim Alfarwi, Newcastle University

Roseate terns are Britain’s rarest breeding seabird. The last persistent colony breed is on Coquet Island, an RSPB reserve. In order to protect this species, their natural predators (herring gull and lesser black-backed gull) have been managed and controlled. However, in order to maintain natural biodiversity on the island, a small population of large gulls is required. 2014 was the first year of an on-going research project to determine the effect breeding large gulls may have on the other species on the island. Join us to hear more about how research is helping provide an understanding as to whether a breeding population of large gulls is viable on Coquet Island without posing an unacceptable level of threat to the roseate tern colony.