New warden to protect rare terns at Foulney Island
We're delighted to welcome Jake Taylor-Bruce, our new warden at Foulney Island. Last year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic and for the first time since 1973, we weren't unable to have a warden at the nature reserve. As a result, the terns had a terrible year, with none successfully nesting. This year, we're hoping to give these ground-nesting birds the best chance we can, as Jake will be spending the summer living and working on the island to protect them.
Jake has previously worked on the Farne Islands, Handa Island in Scotland, and in the Azores. He will be helped by dedicated volunteers from Morecambe Bay Partnership, who will be on hand to talk to visitors and show them the rare little and Arctic terns that call Foulney Island Nature Reserve home for the summer.
Arctic terns migrate from Antarctica to breed around our shores, whilst little terns are our second rarest seabirds. To protect them while they nest here, during the bird breeding season (1 April – 15 August) access to Foulney Island Nature Reserve is restricted to designated paths and Slitch Ridge is closed. No dogs (except assistance dogs) are allowed on the island at this time to protect birds from disturbance.