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 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).