Ely Wildspace volunteers spent last Saturday morning installing two purpose-built tern rafts on Roswell Pits. Common terns arrive each spring from Africa to feed in the Roswell area, but seem to breed several miles upstream. By providing them with suitable habitat we hope these artificial islands will boost the population of these fantastic birds by enabling them to nest in Ely as well.
The rafts were made for us by local company K and K Mouldings, and funded through an extremely generous grant from the Clark Bradbury Charitable Trust. Many thanks to everyone who gave up their time to help with the launch, as well to the Environment Agency for logistical support.
Amazingly,the first two terns we’ve seen at Roswell this year arrived as we were towing the rafts out into the Pits. Fingers crossed that they take a liking to the bespoke accommodation now available and begin nesting in the next few weeks.