The Sandwich tern is an eagerly awaited returning summer migrant as it is one of the earliest birds to arrive back to the UK after spending the winter in colonies along the west and South African coast.
The first sightings on the south coast of the UK are generally in mid-March, which is no mean feat given the journey they have to undertake. As I write, the colony at Cemlyn is increasing in numbers daily and the terns are starting to settle on both of the lagoon islands. There are regular updates on our Cemlyn wardens facebook page. Our wardens provided an insight into their amazing journeys.