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Conservation status: Amber

The Sandwich tern is a very white tern, with a black cap on its head, a long black bill with a yellow tip and short black legs. In flight it shows grey wedges on its wings tips and it has a short forked tail. In the UK, many of the important colonies survive because they are on nature reserves.

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Overview

Latin name

Sterna sandvicensis

Family

Terns (Sternidae)

Where to see them

There are colonies of Sandwich terns scattered around the UK coasts including the North Norfolk coast; Minsmere, Suffolk; and Dungeness, Kent.

When to see them

From late March to September.

What they eat

Fish such as sandeels, sprats and whiting.

Population

EuropeUK breeding*UK wintering*UK passage*
-12,000 pairs--

Distribution

Key

Audio

David Farrow, Xeno-canto