An exciting family fun day, celebrating the area’s impressive seabird spectacle, is set to take place at RSPB Hodbarrow nature reserve in Millom on Sunday 30 June, and visitors are invited to join in the fun.
During the spring and early summer, Hodbarrow is home to an impressive number of rare nesting Sandwich terns along with smaller numbers of little and common terns too. These elegant seabirds which come to the UK to breed after wintering in Europe and Africa, have sadly suffered large declines in numbers in recent years, due to a lack of food availability for their chicks, a loss of the coastal sites they need to nest in, and disturbance by human activity. RSPB Hodbarrow is a stronghold for them in Cumbria, along with the Cumbria Wildlife Trust’s Foulney Island Nature Reserve.
The event will be at the hide on the sea wall and therefore aims to celebrate these remarkable species in the area and highlight how people can help them. A variety of activities will be included throughout the site to keep the whole family entertained such as bug hunting, tern-themed crafts and badge-making. Expert guides will be on hand both in the hide and along the seawall to show visitors the incredible 800 pairs of Sandwich terns that are nesting this year, and help them discover more about these birds and the other wildlife that calls Hodbarrow home.
Mhairi Maclauchlan, RSPB Warden at Hodbarrow said: “We’ve had an amazing breeding season so far for terns and we want to tell everyone about it. Come down to the hide on the sea wall to get a glimpse of these fantastic sea birds and you may even see a few fluffy chicks. We also want to showcase what a great home for nature Hodbarrow is and encourage the public to get involved. From birds to toads and bugs to wildflowers, the site is an ideal place to experience wildlife. Our Seabird Celebration offers families the chance to discover more about the weird and wonderful creatures that live here, and uncover what makes Hodbarrow such an important place.”
The Seabird Celebration will take place from 11am-3pm and is free entry. Donations are welcome for the activities.
For more details on wildlife spectacles and facilities at the nature reserve, visit rspb.org.uk/hodbarrow