As the little tern season on the east coast of Norfolk draws to a close I am beginning to reflect on the highs and lows of the past few months. Undoubtedly one of the highs has been the enormous help we have received from our team of volunteers. We started wardening on the beach on the last weekend in May and we have still not quite finished wardening at one of our sites (Winterton) which still has four 16-day old chicks within the electric fence. So for 12 weeks our volunteers have been outside with us (in all weathers) supporting us in our efforts to ensure that the little terns have the best possible opportunity to successfully breed on our shores. It is the least we can do, I always think, given their epic 3,000 mile journey from West Africa. They come here for just one reason - and for such a short space of time - so let’s do everything we can to make it happen. Our volunteers have been incredible and have given more hours than I could have ever imagined. They have counted adults, nests, chicks and fledglings with us, talked to hundreds of visitors about the little terns, helped us fill sandbags in readiness for the next Spring tide, chased kestrel and hobby away from the colonies - always with great enthusiasm and good humour. I would like to thank them individually and hope that we have the pleasure of their company again next year: Peter, Daphne, Roger, Norman, Barbara, Dave & Sue, Benno, Paul, Andy, Chris, Lyn, Ellen, Phil, Steve, Julie, Michelle, Glenn and Mick (Mick and Steve are in the photo wardening at the colony at Winterton). Added together these dedicated individuals have given the little terns a total of 750 hours of their time. This is the equivalent of one and a half wardens! We thank you for your time and commitment to the Little Tern Recovery Project. Photo Credit: Fabienne Fossez.