A RARE species of seabird that hatched in Cumbria last year has been photographed in South Africa.
The sighting of the sandwich tern bird delighted staff and volunteers from the RSPB, Natural England and Cumbria Wildlife Trust, who work in partnership with Lancaster University, to conserve these special birds in the county.
The tern in question was ringed at the RSPB Hodbarrow nature reserve in Millom last year as part of a study into their movements.
Several young terns at Hodbarrow and Cumbria Wildlife Trust’s Foulney Island Nature Reserve were ringed during the last breeding season with coded, coloured rings.
This is a scientific method whereby birds are fitted with light-weight, coloured, individual identification rings on their legs that can be read from a distance, to help monitor their movements without the need to re-catch them.