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Sandwich tern: Birds of Britain

Posted in Animals, Birds, Nature, Wildlife on Monday, 28 February 2011

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Named after the town in Kent where they once bred, these largest of British terns now form colonies scattered around the coast from Shetland to the south of England. Nests are often placed in the protective proximity of more aggressive birds such as common and arctic terns or black-headed gulls. This practice has its disadvantages, however, for the intended protectors often themselves attack the chicks.

This edited article originally appeared in Look and Learn issue number 909 published on 23 June 1979. We are able to license textual material. Please contact us for details.

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