Little Tern Sightings

Help us track Little Tern movements

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:  Re-sightings are important but the birds welfare comes first.  All Little Terns are afforded special legal protection under schedule 1 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and it is illegal to disturb them during breeding, and for the purposes of photography, without a formal Licence.

For those experienced birdwatchers who are familiar with re-sighting colour bird rings please report your sightings in the usual way.

Yellow Rings

Yellow colour rings with a three digit code in black writing include the EU LIFE Project sites around England and Wales and the Isle of Man colony.

Green Rings

Green colour rings with a three digit code in white writing on the right or left tarsus are used at the Irish east coast colonies.

Blue Rings

Blue colour rings with a two digit code in white writing are used at the Teesside colonies.

There are also a variety of single colour bands from UK colonies that were used until the alpha-numeric ringing took over in the last few years.

If you see any colour rings on little terns please report them through as well as emailing them to Please provide full details: noting the colour of the ring, any code, which leg the ring was on, where you saw it (place name/grid reference) and when you saw it (date/time).