An island’s rare seabird colony will be given extra protection thanks to a fund set upby Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird.
Situated a mile off the coast of Amble in Northumberland, Coquet Island is home to tens of thousands of breeding seabirds during spring and summer, including the UK’s only colony of roseate terns.
As a result, the RSPB reserve is designated as a wildlife sanctuary and landing is prohibited without consent.
The Police Commissioner’s Community Fund has awarded a grant of £2,000 to help protect the island from wildlife crime.
The RSPB will use the grant to upgrade the island’s outdated CCTV system so wardening staff can monitor the nesting colonies effectively for illegal activity such as egg theft and disturbance of roseate terns.