Our warden at Winterton, Rhiannon, reported the excellent news that all 14 chicks that hatched at Winterton have now fledged. They join some of the older Eccles fledglings on the foreshore at Winterton during the day. Following the abandonment of 80 pairs of little terns in early July it is really important that those pairs that remained at Winterton (initially 16 - reducing to 11) managed to hatch and fledge their broods. With the help of a team of fantastic volunteers, Rhiannon has ensured that any disturbance has been kept to a minimum. Kestrels, crows and gulls have been ‘spooked off’, dogs have been persuaded to put on their leads and visitors have been asked to give the breeding birds space. At the same time they have done an amazing job of informing the many hundreds of people who visit Winterton each week about the plight of the little tern. The success of this small group of terns means that they will potentially return to Winterton in 2017 and in doing so will encourage other pairs of little terns to nest there as well. East Norfolk attracts a population of about 300 pairs of little terns (close to 20% of the UK population) and they cannot all breed at what appears to be the current favoured location of Eccles. It is simply not big enough. Winterton must, therefore, remain an attractive and successful location. This has been achieved, in small part, this year. Photo Credit: Mick Davis.