Common Tern

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This species has been recorded at locations shown on this map.

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Red dots on the maps indicate individual records with an accuracy of 1 km or better. Black squares are centred in those 10 km squares of the national grid in which there is at least one record at 10 km accuracy.

Date Gridref Site Quantity Recorder Comment
2002 NR2866 Loch Gruinart, RSPB Loch Gruinart 3 RSPB
2003 NR284685 Loch Gruinart: Compt AO80 7 RSPB Gruinart staff
2005 NR2866 Loch Gruinart, RSPB Loch Gruinart 10 How, J.
2005 NR2873 Ardnave (unspecified) 1 Fotheringham, C.
2006 NR2970 Loch Gruinart 12 How, J.
2007 NR2866 Loch Gruinart 2 How, J.
2007 NR2873 Ardnave 0 Fotheringham, C.
08/07/1949 NR3060 Islay (unspecified location) 0 R.V Terns mostly common. Evidence of breedng.
17/08/1957 NR2961 Loch Indaal (unspecified) 0 Walker, A.F.G
15/06/1972 NR2970 Loch Gruinart 0 Rogers, J & Wingrove E side of loch and Loch Laingeadail.
14/05/1973 NR3060 Islay (unspecified location) 0 Pearce, J & K
09/06/1973 NR2365 Loch Gorm 7 John, A
01/07/1973 NR3263 Bridgend Flats, Loch Indaal 0 Langsbury, G Colony on small island at head of loch.
14/06/1974 NR426466 Eilean Imersay 70 Booth, C.G. In the air, Nests 3 x 1 egg 7 x 2 eggs 13 x 3 eggs, also 1 empty 3 destroyed eggs
21/06/1974 NR328622 Traigh Cill a Rhuba () 30 Booth, C.G. In the air, nests 4 x 1 egg 6 x 2 eggs 8 x 3 eggs, Grass patches on small rocky island
01/06/1975 NR5367 Small Isles Bay, Jura 1 Davies, G
17/08/1975 NR2365 Loch Gorm 0 Michael
01/05/1976 NR3059 Bowmore 1 Taylor, C.J
01/05/1976 NR2661 Bruichladdich 2 Taylor, C.J
06/05/1976 NR3445 Kilnaughton Bay 2 Ashby, C
04/06/1976 NR2866 Gruinart, RSPB Loch Gruinart 0 Glover, B.R Small numbers. Poss. nesting.
02/10/1976 NR3263 Bridgend Flats, Loch Indaal 1 Walker, A.F.G & Owen, J Resting with black headed gulls on grass above high water mark.
02/05/1977 NR2863 Traigh an Luig, Loch Indaal 4 Elliott, R.E. Upper beach, 3 nests found.
21/05/1977 NR1652 Port Mias-sgeire 0 Harrison, J.M & V.A Ternery.
21/05/1977 NR3445 Kilnaughton Bay 4 Elliott, R.E. 1 carrying fish to mate out in bay.
06/06/1977 NR4653 Claggain Bay 2 Robinson, S.T
19/06/1977 NR3263 Bridgend Flats, Loch Indaal 0 Langsbury, G Small colony with eggs and young.
14/05/1978 NR2875 Nave Island 2 Elliott, R.E.
23/05/1979 NR4246 Eilean Imersay 0 Elliott, R.E.
07/06/1979 NR3060 Islay (unspecified location) 0 University of Cambridge, Extra-Mural Studies. Several colonies.
19/07/1980 NR3162 Rubha Ban, Loch Indaal 0 Campbell, B Colony. Chicks in all stages of flight seen.
16/09/1980 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 3 Unknown Seen during 3 hours of watching.
10/06/1981 NR3162 Carnain, Loch Indaal 100 Robinson, S.T
21/08/1981 NR2661 Bruichladdich, Eilean an Ron 5 Booth, C.G.
09/05/1983 NR3062 Carraig Dhubh 0 Copley, B & N Too many to count.
29/04/1984 NR2961 Loch Indaal (unspecified) 3 K.N. Top of loch.
11/05/1984 NR4652 Aros Bay 1 K.N. With an arctic tern.
24/05/1986 NR44 Islay (south-east): Lagavulin to Kildalton 1 Elliott, R.E. Along coast between Dower House and Ardmore.
11/06/1986 NR4348 Loch a'Chnuic 0 Lang, D.C
06/07/1986 NR3060 Bruichladdich to Bridgend, Loch Indaal 0 Entwisle- Baker, S & J
06/07/1986 NR3362 Bridgend, Loch Indaal 0 Entwisle- Baker, S & J Between Bruichladdich and Bowmore.
09/07/1986 NR3060 Bruichladdich to Bridgend, Loch Indaal 0 Entwisle- Baker, S & J
17/07/1986 NR3062 Blackrock 0 Entwisle- Baker, S & J
22/07/1986 NR1553 Rubha na Faing 4 Youngs, T
28/07/1986 NR2762 Gortan, Loch Indaal 1 Youngs, T
01/08/1987 NR2961 Loch Indaal (unspecified) 0 Collis, M.G
19/05/1992 NR2961 Loch Indaal (unspecified) 2 Ogilvie, M.A.
03/06/1992 NR2963 Uiskentuie, Loch Indaal 0 Whitworth, J. strand
26/06/1992 NR2961 Loch Indaal (unspecified) 15 Ogilvie, M.A.
30/05/1993 NR2961 Loch Indaal (unspecified) 4 Ogilvie, M.A., & Peacock, M.A.
01/06/1993 NR2154 Octofad 1 Whitworth, J. Single flying along foreshore line.
25/06/1993 NR2961 Loch Indaal (unspecified) 5 Ogilvie, M.A., & Peacock, M.A.
24/07/1993 NR2961 Loch Indaal (unspecified) 6 Ogilvie, M.A., & Peacock, M.A.
30/04/1994 NR2661 Bruichladdich, Loch Indaal 1 ap Rheinallt, T. 1st of yr
30/04/1994 NR2661 Bruichladdich, Loch Indaal 1 ap Rheinallt, T.
25/05/1994 NR3260 Gartnatra, Loch Indaal 6 RSPB
01/06/1994 NR3260 Gartnatra, Loch Indaal 5 RSPB Apparently incubating (MAO)
04/07/1994 NR1651 Port Wemyss 1 ap Rheinallt, T.
17/07/1994 NR1651 Port Wemyss 1 ap Rheinallt, T.
19/07/1994 NR1651 Port Wemyss 1 ap Rheinallt, T.
21/07/1994 NR3260 Gartnatra, Loch Indaal 3 RSPB
02/08/1994 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 1 ap Rheinallt, T. >S
24/08/1994 NR2961 Loch Indaal (unspecified) 2 RSPB
02/09/1994 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 2 ap Rheinallt, T. Ad+J>S
04/05/1995 NR3260 Gartnatra, Loch Indaal 6 ap Rheinallt, T. 1st
14/06/1995 NR2961 Loch Indaal (unspecified) 12 RSPB
14/06/1995 NR2866 Gruinart, RSPB Loch Gruinart 13 Knight, A.C. On reserve, all nests destroyed by tides.
14/06/1995 NR3062 Blackrock, Loch Indaal 11 Knight, A.C.
12/07/1995 NR2961 Loch Indaal (unspecified) 10 RSPB
12/07/1995 NR3062 Blackrock, Loch Indaal 6 Knight, A.C.
18/10/1995 NR3445 Kilnaughton Bay 1 Phillips, M. Juv
16/05/1996 NR2961 Loch Indaal (unspecified) 5 RSPB
25/05/1996 NR2661 Bruichladdich, Loch Indaal 4 Wells, P.S.
27/05/1996 NR4653 Claggain Bay 1 Wells, P.S.
01/06/1996 NR2866 Loch Gruinart, RSPB Loch Gruinart 1 RSPB
17/06/1996 NR2866 Loch Gruinart, RSPB Loch Gruinart 9 RSPB Oitir nam Bo
18/06/1996 NR2866 Loch Gruinart, RSPB Loch Gruinart 9 RSPB
21/06/1996 NR2961 Loch Indaal (unspecified) 4 RSPB
20/07/1996 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 1 ap Rheinallt, T. >S
25/09/1996 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 1 ap Rheinallt, T. >S
25/09/1996 NR3362 Bridgend, Loch Indaal 1 ap Rheinallt, T. Juv
27/09/1996 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 1 ap Rheinallt, T. >S
02/05/1997 NR2974 Ardnave Point 2 ap Rheinallt, T. First of yr
04/05/1997 NR2961 Loch Indaal (unspecified) 4 McGough, M. & P.
15/05/1997 NR2970 Loch Gruinart (unspecified) 2 RSPB
08/06/1997 NR2961 Loch Indaal (unspecified) 0 Bradbury, P.N. Small nos.
15/06/1997 NR2866 Loch Gruinart, RSPB Loch Gruinart 2 RSPB Pairs reared 3y
19/06/1997 NR2961 Loch Indaal (unspecified) 8 Ogilvie, M.A.
19/06/1997 NR2961 Loch Indaal (unspecified) 23 Ogilvie, M.A., & ap Rheinallt, T.
24/06/1997 NR2970 Loch Gruinart (unspecified) 10 RSPB
22/07/1997 NR2961 Loch Indaal (unspecified) 6 Ogilvie, M.A.
23/08/1997 NR0101 Ferry crossing 2 Rae, S.
29/08/1997 NR2661 Bruichladdich, Loch Indaal 1 Robinson, P.
30/10/1997 NR2970 Loch Gruinart (unspecified) 5 RSPB
17/05/1998 NR2961 Loch Indaal (unspecified) 7 Ogilvie, M.A.
18/05/1998 NR2970 Loch Gruinart (unspecified) 2 RSPB
13/06/1998 NR2961 Loch Indaal (unspecified) 12 Ogilvie, M.A.
13/06/1998 NR3260 Gartnatra, Loch Indaal 7 Ogilvie, M.A. Pairs breeding
24/06/1998 NR2970 Loch Gruinart (unspecified) 6 RSPB
11/07/1998 NR2961 Loch Indaal (unspecified) 4 Ogilvie, M.A.
13/05/1999 NR2866 Loch Gruinart, RSPB Loch Gruinart 2 ap Rheinallt, T.
20/05/1999 NR2970 Loch Gruinart (unspecified) 2 RSPB
21/05/1999 NR2961 Loch Indaal (unspecified) 4 Ogilvie, M.A.
17/06/1999 NR2961 Loch Indaal (unspecified) 8 Ogilvie, M.A.
08/07/1999 NR2866 Loch Gruinart, RSPB Loch Gruinart 10 RSPB
18/07/1999 NR2961 Loch Indaal (unspecified) 7 Ogilvie, M.A.
25/08/1999 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 1 Robinson, P.
26/08/1999 NR3362 Bridgend, Loch Indaal 1 Robinson, P.
12/09/1999 NR2873 Ardnave (unspecified) 1 ap Rheinallt, T.
17/04/2000 NR2866 Loch Gruinart, RSPB Loch Gruinart 1 ap Rheinallt, T. First
21/04/2000 NR3171 Killinallan 3 RSPB staff
30/04/2000 NR2558 Port Charlotte, Loch Indaal 1 RSPB staff
03/05/2000 NR3059 Bowmore, Loch Indaal 2 Whitehouse, A.
27/05/2000 NR2858 Gartbreck, Loch Indaal 3 Whitehouse, A.
17/06/2000 NR2961 Loch Indaal (unspecified) 6 Ogilvie, M.A.
20/05/2001 NR2961 Loch Indaal (unspecified) 11 Ogilvie, M.A.
01/06/2001 NR2866 Loch Gruinart, RSPB Loch Gruinart 7 RSPB 7 nests on Oitir Riabhach
23/06/2001 NR2866 Loch Gruinart, RSPB Loch Gruinart 7 RSPB
24/06/2001 NR2961 Loch Indaal (unspecified) 2 Ogilvie, M.A.
26/05/2002 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 2 Cairns, Francis & Marter
01/07/2002 NR2866 Loch Gruinart, RSPB Loch Gruinart 8 RSPB Birds from Oitir Riabhach
15/08/2002 NR2858 Gartbreck, Loch Indaal 5 Whitehouse, A.
14/09/2002 NR2866 Loch Gruinart, RSPB Loch Gruinart 1 RSPB
01/04/2004 NR2866 Loch Gruinart, RSPB Loch Gruinart 4 RSPB Breeding pairs
01/04/2004 NR2873 Ardnave 1 RSPB 1 pair - breeding possible
24/04/2004 NR3260 Gartnatra, Loch Indaal 2 C R McKay
26/04/2004 NR3362 Bridgend 1 T ap Rheinalt 1st local
06/05/2004 NR3260 Gartnatra, Loch Indaal 3 C R McKay
11/05/2004 NR3445 Kilnaughton Bay 2 T ap Rheinalt
15/05/2004 NR3445 Kilnaughton Bay 6 T ap Rheinalt
08/06/2004 NR2866 Loch Gruinart, RSPB Loch Gruinart 8 J How RSPB Oitir Riabhach
21/07/2004 NR2970 Loch Gruinart 1 RSPB Gruinart staff WeBS
02/08/2004 NR3262 Bridgend Merse, Loch Indaal 0 T ap Rheinalt Ads still bringing food to young
25/09/2004 NR3445 Kilnaughton Bay 1 T ap Rheinalt Juv; only one seen Sep despite record nos. Arctic
18/04/2005 NR2661 Bruichladdich 1 Greenwood, A & Ashall, J
18/04/2005 NR2661 Bruichladdich, Loch Indaal 1 Greenwood, A
12/05/2005 NR2866 Loch Gruinart, RSPB Loch Gruinart 19 Gruinart Staff
12/05/2005 NR4347 Kildalton 2 Mearns, R & B
14/05/2005 NR3059 Bowmore 1 Mearns, R & B
03/06/2005 NR2866 Loch Gruinart, RSPB Loch Gruinart 23 How, J.
29/06/2005 NR2866 Loch Gruinart, RSPB Loch Gruinart 1 Gruinart Staff
30/06/2005 NR2767 Loch Gruinart 13 How
25/07/2005 NR2866 Loch Gruinart, RSPB Loch Gruinart 6 Gruinart Staff
24/08/2005 NR2866 Loch Gruinart, RSPB Loch Gruinart 1 Gruinart Staff
26/09/2005 NR2961 Loch Indaal (unspecified) 1 Greenwood, A & Ashall, J
01/05/2006 NR2558 Port Charlotte, Loch Indaal 2 Bows, D
16/05/2006 NR2970 Loch Gruinart 9 Gruinart Staff
13/06/2006 NR2970 Loch Gruinart 14 Gruinart Staff
20/06/2006 NR2970 Loch Gruinart 29 How, J.
18/07/2006 NR2970 Loch Gruinart 5 Gruinart Staff
09/10/2006 NR2970 Loch Gruinart 4 Gruinart Staff
06/06/2007 NR2866 Loch Gruinart 2 How, J.
10/06/2007 NR2866 Loch Gruinart 7 How, J.
26/06/2007 NR2866 Loch Gruinart 4 How, J.
19/05/2008 NR2767 Loch Gruinart 5 Gruinart Staff
10/06/2008 NR2767 Loch Gruinart 26 How
20/06/2008 NR2767 Loch Gruinart 1 Gruinart Staff
02/08/2008 NR277726 Ardnave 13 Gruinart Staff
14/05/2010 NR328607 Gartmain 1 Greenwood, A & Ashall, J
04/07/2010 NR4654 Ardtalla 2 Ian Forbes
06/06/2011 NR2558 Port Charlotte 0 Mark & Sally Johnson