An important part of the Roseate Tern LIFE Recovery Project is information exchange and not only between our UK and Irish colonies and partners. As terns like many animals do not stop at a country's border; understanding movement between sites and protecting these areas is essential.
In north-west Europe, of the two other countries that support breeding roseate terns; the closest to the British Isles is France. Breeding roseate terns are located entirely in Brittany and historically their population followed a similar decline to the rest of the Europe. In the past, tern wardens have recorded British and Irish terns nesting in the French colonies; meaning there is obviously some interchange across the English Channel.
As a result, in late July several members of the Roseate Tern LIFE staff, BirdWatch Ireland, RSPB and National Parks and Wildlife Services travelled to Brest to meet with Mr Yann Jacobs, Tern Project Manager/Regional Coordinator from Bretagne Vivante and visit the key tern sites.