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Best year ever on Chesil Beach for little tern chicks

Breeding records for one of the smallest seabirds in the country have been broken on Chesil Beach.

Up to 73 little tern chicks took to the skies this week which is a record number of young for the colony.
 
The seabird has been in decline because of predators, a shortage of food and extreme weather conditions.
 
Helen Booker speaking for RSPB said: “It’s been a great year, and we’re all delighted with how the chicks have done. In total 77 hatched and up to 73 fledged, so over the summer we only lost four chicks.
 
“It just goes to show that with the right amount of management and the support of our dedicated team of volunteers these birds can succeed. We really believe they are now well on the way to recovery on this wonderful part of the Dorset coast.”

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