Average lifespan: 12 years
When to seeMarch to September
AboutThe sandwich tern is a relatively large tern, which breeds in colonies on sand and shingle beaches, islands and spits. Sandwich terns feed on fish, such as sandeels, sprats and whiting, which they catch by diving into the water.
How to identifyThe sandwich tern is whitish-grey above and white below, with a large black cap (the forehead becomes white in winter) and a shaggy, black crest. It has short, black legs, and a black bill with a yellow tip. It has a short tail without 'streamers' (long feathers extending past the main tail).
In our area
Cemlyn Nature Reserve hosts the only colony of Sandwich terns in Wales. However, without 24/7 protection during the breeding season, there is every chance that the colony will fail. We need £30,000 to continue to provide wardens for Cemlyn for 2020 and 2021.