Welcome to the Little Tern Forum

Supporting Little Tern conservation across the British Isles

The Project

The Little Tern Project is a partnership approach at over 20 sites across England and Wales. It was established in 2014 and was funded by EU LIFE+ Nature until 2019. The funding enabled us to step up our actions and work at a national level for the recovery of little terns in the UK. The Project took place in 16 of the Special Protection Areas under the Natura 2000 network of European designated sites that have special importance for nature.

Although the LIFE funding has ended, we are continuing to work as a partnership using the guidance and Species Recovery Plan, we produced during the project to benefit the whole UK population. Little Terns face many pressures and threats and it is only by working together that we will be able to give these small seabirds a fighting chance.

The Forum

If you are working on Little Tern colonies within the British Isles, the Little Tern Project has created a forum which will allow for better communication between sites, regions and countries.

This will provide individuals with a platform that hosts best practice documents, sharing of management techniques and a place for queries.

A benefit of this forum is that it can be accessed on a smartphone as an app or via an internet browser on a laptop.

As there are various topics and discussions that may be ongoing on the forum, everyone can turn off the notifications for areas that may not be of interest or relevant to them.

Restricted Access

Little Terns are a Schedule 1 listed species and it is a criminal offence to intentionally disturb them. As a result, many site's locations are confidential and access to this forum is restricted. 

To request access please click request to join

On the sign-up page, you will be asked to fill in your:

  • Name
  • Email address
  • Reasons for joining
    • Your tern role
    • Colony or area you work in
    • Name of referee i.e. line manager or authorised regional coordinator

Your request will be approved by either your regional coordinator or Chantal Macleod-Nolan and individuals will receive an email confirming permission to join the forum. 

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