New breeding platform installed for terns at Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden
- Credit: Trevor Tabs Taberham
A new floating breeding platform for common terns has been secured on Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden's Broad at South Walsham.
The platform comprises of a pallet and six large fruit juice barrels along with two shelters, so that the chicks can hide from aerial predators, and a hinged ramp into the water.
Trevor 'Tabs' Taberham, volunteer wildlife warden at Fairhaven Garden, said of the new platform: 'Two years ago, just after I started working here, five pairs of common terns tried to breed on the island in Fairhaven Broad, but Greylag geese wrecked the nests.
'So last year, we experimented with a single standard size pallet, attached to the waterskiing posts. It attracted two pairs of common terns; one pair stayed to nest, three chicks fledged, but unfortunately one was taken by a Herring gull.'
John Debbage, Fairhaven gardener added: 'We have developed a much more substantial and stable platform this year. I would like to thank Phil Denman and Luke Davey from Britivic for their support and have my fingers firmly crossed for a more successful breeding season than last year.'
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Fairhaven Garden's daily boat trips, which started for the season on Sunday, will take visitors past the common tern platform, so they can keep an eye on progress.
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