Common Tern

The Common Tern is a bird with a graceful and buoyant flight which feeds by plunge-diving into the water for fish. Its flight has led it to be called the ‘Sea-Swallow’. It is a Summer visitor to the UK, wintering in the Southern Atlantic and it’s UK breeding population is estimated at 12,000 pairs. It is the commonest of the Tern species visiting the UK in the Summer and can often be found in inland cities including London where it breeds on areas of water including London Docklands and areas adjacent to the River Thames. This colonisation has been helped by providing artificial platforms for them to use to build their nests.

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