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Sandwich tern

What am I?

I am Britain’s largest tern.

Where do I come from?

I travel to the Solent from the coast of West Africa.

A bit about me

I always wear my trusted black cap and you will see me plunging into the waves in search of small fish such as sand eel and sprat. I’m quite noisy and compared to the other tern species I am much bigger; people often mistake me for a gull because I’m big, white and at the beach!

Conservation status

I’m amber listed in the UK

I’m a qualifying feature for the Solent and Southampton Water and Chichester and Langstone Harbours Special Protection Areas – that means, when the site was designated, a nationally significant number of us used these awesome coastlines to breed!

Fun fact

I’m named after Sandwich Bay in Kent.