One Good Tern Deserves Another

One Good Tern Deserves Another

Can you help us provide more breeding habitats for our beautiful migratory friends?

Every April, we welcome common terns to Brockholes, where they arrive after their long flight from Africa - a 22,000-mile round-trip! 

Terns enjoy nesting on shores, on gravel or shale, but thanks to our vast lakes, and a helping hand from our conservation team, they breed at Brockholes too.

Our team create five-star accommodation for them in the form of tern rafts, which you may have seen floating in Number 1 Pit Lake or through our immersive new wildlife webcam that lets you watch the birds nesting and raising a family from the comfort of your home. The rafts are lined with gravel which mimics the rocky shorelines terns love, while the lake itself is full of tasty fish for them to feed to their young. 

We need your help to create more tern rafts

Hear from the team at Brockholes

Tom, Lorna and their team of young conservation interns have been busy building new tern rafts out of recycled materials found at Brockholes. We hope to make more rafts to increase the tern population at this reserve, but this all comes at a cost. Can you help us?

A small donation can make a huge difference to our migratory friends. It costs on average £250 to create a tern raft from scratch, and with your help we can build and release more rafts to help increase the breeding population of this wonderful bird.

Help us to provide five-star accommodation for our feathered friends

Tom, Lorna and their team of young conservation interns building new tern rafts using recycled and reused materials including empty water containers and bread bins.

£10 helps us purchase the floatation elements

Tom, Lorna and their team of young conservation interns building new tern rafts out of recycled materials found at Brockholes.

£40 buys the timber needed to keep the raft secure

Completed tern raft floating on Number 1 Pit Lake at Brockholes Nature Reserve.

£50 supports our work year on year