The other two Tern rafts we had built were launched today at Hicks Lodge, a former coal mining site now owned by the Forestry Commission in the NW of Leicestershire, on quite a large lake where Terns have previously bred, although only one pair were successful in fledging at least one chick last year. There is an island in the middle of the lake which has just been cleared by the Forestry Commission rangers and LROS (Leicestershire and Rutland Ornithological Society) volunteers, with a membrane having been put down to suppress the vegetation and then totally graveled over. Along with the two Tern rafts, we now have our fingers crossed that this will be the start of a new Tern colony at Hicks Lodge. Below are a few images on our the operation of the day.
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