Little 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
1981 NR3060 Islay (unspecified location) 0 Newton, S.F Min. 8 pairs at several sites, probably reasonable breeding success.
2003 NR284685 Loch Gruinart: Compt AO80 2 RSPB Gruinart staff
2003 NR288726 Ardnave: Compt AN14 1 RSPB Gruinart staff
2005 NR2866 Loch Gruinart, RSPB Loch Gruinart 4 How, J.
2005 NR2873 Ardnave (unspecified) 2 Fotheringham, C.
2006 NR2970 Loch Gruinart 2 How, J.
2006 NR2873 Ardnave (unspecified) 0 Moncrieff, H.
2007 NR2866 Loch Gruinart 2 How, J.
2007 NR2873 Ardnave 0 Fotheringham, C.
08/07/1949 NR2866 Gruinart, RSPB Loch Gruinart 0 R.V Evidence of breeding.
17/08/1957 NR2961 Loch Indaal (unspecified) 4 Walker, A.F.G Resting on shore.
01/05/1972 NR3362 Bridgend 0 Harrop, J.M 4 pairs.
14/05/1973 NR3060 Islay (unspecified location) 0 Pearce, J & K
25/05/1973 NR3445 Kilnaughton 0 Van Den Bos, S
09/06/1973 NR3162 Rubha Ban, Loch Indaal 2 John, A 2 adults + 2 eggs.
09/06/1973 NR3150 Machrie River mouth, Big Strand 5 John, A 5 adults, 3 nests.
01/07/1973 NR3052 Laggan Bay 6 Langsbury, G Breeding activity.
01/07/1973 NR3062 Blackrock 0 Langsbury, G
01/07/1974 NR2961 Loch Indaal (unspecified) 1 Payne, K
02/07/1974 NR2961 Loch Indaal (unspecified) 1 Payne, K
03/07/1974 NR2974 Ardnave Point 3 Payne, K
01/05/1976 NR2662 Kentraw 2 Taylor, C.J
11/05/1976 NR3147 Kintra 2 Ashby, C
29/05/1977 NR3147 Kintra 12 Elliott, R.E. Between 12 and 20.
29/05/1977 NR3150 Machrie River mouth, Big Strand 12 Elliott, R.E. Shingle immed. S of mouth.
30/05/1977 NR3150 Machrie River mouth, Big Strand 12 Elliott, R.E.
09/05/1978 NR2873 Ardnave 3 Walker, A.F.G
10/05/1978 NR2871 Kilnave 2 Walker, A.F.G
13/05/1978 NR2961 Loch Indaal (unspecified) 2 Walker, A.F.G
26/05/1978 NR2963 Uiskentuie, Loch Indaal 0 Robinson, S.T
19/05/1979 NR3445 Kilnaughton Bay 0 Elliott, R.E.
23/05/1979 NR3150 Machrie River mouth, Big Strand 4 Elliott, R.E.
29/05/1979 NR3059 Bowmore 3 Hume, R
29/05/1979 NR3545 Port Ellen 2 Hume, R Pair.
29/05/1979 NR3362 Bridgend, Loch Indaal 1 Hume, R
16/05/1981 NR2661 Bruichladdich 2 Elliott, R.E. Aros na Mara.
25/05/1981 NR3062 Blackrock 1 Carr, G
29/05/1981 NR2863 Traigh an Luig, Loch Indaal 2 Robinson, S.T
01/06/1981 NR2974 Ardnave Dunes 2 Carr, G
09/05/1983 NR3362 Bridgend 2 Copley, B & N
25/05/1983 NR3150 Machrie River mouth, Big Strand 0 Elliott, R.E.
30/05/1983 NR3354 Duich River 0 Jack, D.M Small colony between river and Uisge na Criche.
29/04/1984 NR2961 Loch Indaal (unspecified) 6 K.N.
29/04/1984 NR2974 Ardnave Point 2 K.N.
29/04/1984 NR3052 Laggan Bay 7 K.N.
29/04/1984 NR3059 Bowmore 4 K.N.
29/04/1984 NR2871 Kilnave 1 K.N.
29/04/1984 NR2969 Bun-an-uillt 2 K.N.
11/05/1984 NR3150 Machrie River mouth, Big Strand 10 K.N. Possible nesting colony.
26/05/1984 NR3150 Machrie River mouth, Big Strand 1 Elliott, R.E.
13/05/1985 NR2955 River Laggan mouth 12 Elliott, R.E. On shingle, some disturbance.
19/05/1985 NR3150 Machrie River mouth, Big Strand 2 Elliott, R.E. Possible nest.
13/06/1985 NR3072 Killinallan Point 2 Elliott, R.E.
04/05/1986 NR3445 Kilnaughton Bay 12 Palk, R.H
20/05/1986 NR3260 Gartnatra, Loch Indaal 2 Elliott, R.E. Carrying fish near delta.
25/05/1986 NR3052 Laggan Bay 0 Bullen, S Several.
25/05/1986 NR3059 Bowmore, Loch Indaal 2 Liford, R.G
01/06/1986 NR3361 Springbank 2 Chanin, P Roosting with waders.
01/06/1986 NR2558 Port Charlotte 1 Boulton, K
01/06/1986 NR3645 Port Ellen Bay 1 Boulton, K
03/06/1986 NR3150 Machrie River mouth, Big Strand 5 Elliott, R.E. On gravels.
11/06/1986 NR3445 Kilnaughton Bay 0 Lang, D.C
16/06/1986 NR3053 Big Strand 5 Wilson, J
07/07/1986 NR3150 Machrie River mouth, Big Strand 5 Elliott, R.E.
06/07/1987 NR3150 Machrie River mouth, Big Strand 23 Elliott, R.E. Poss 10 or 12 pairs.
28/06/2003 NR288726 Ardnave: Compt AN14 1 RSPB Gruinart staff
01/04/2004 NR2866 Loch Gruinart, RSPB Loch Gruinart 5 RSPB Breeding pairs
01/04/2004 NR2873 Ardnave 8 RSPB Breeding pairs
05/05/2004 NR2866 Loch Gruinart, RSPB Loch Gruinart 1 C R McKay
05/05/2004 NR2661 Bruichladdich, Loch Indaal 2 Calle Ljungberg
06/05/2004 NR2661 Bruichladdich, Loch Indaal 3 Calle Ljungberg
07/05/2004 NR2661 Bruichladdich, Loch Indaal 2 Calle Ljungberg
29/05/2004 NR3445 Kilnaughton Bay 1 T ap Rheinalt
08/06/2004 NR2866 Loch Gruinart, RSPB Loch Gruinart 10 J How RSPB Oitir Riabhach
11/06/2004 NR2972 Tayovullin, Loch Gruinart 4 J How RSPB
21/07/2004 NR2866 Loch Gruinart, RSPB Loch Gruinart 1 RSPB Gruinart staff WeBS
23/07/2004 NR2870 Garra Eallabus 12 T ap Rheinalt
03/05/2005 NR2963 Uiskentuie, Loch Indaal 17 Hastings, J
09/05/2005 NR2873 Ardnave Farm 6 Mearns, R & B
12/05/2005 NR2866 Loch Gruinart, RSPB Loch Gruinart 18 Gruinart Staff
13/05/2005 NR3072 Killinallan Point 3 Mearns, R & B
03/06/2005 NR2866 Loch Gruinart, RSPB Loch Gruinart 4 How, J.
29/06/2005 NR2866 Loch Gruinart, RSPB Loch Gruinart 1 Gruinart Staff
29/06/2005 NR2866 Loch Gruinart, RSPB Loch Gruinart 5 Gruinart Staff
25/07/2005 NR2866 Loch Gruinart, RSPB Loch Gruinart 4 Gruinart Staff
10/11/2005 NR2866 Loch Gruinart, RSPB Loch Gruinart 1 Visitor
07/05/2006 NR2661 Bruichladdich, Loch Indaal 7 Greenwood, A & Ashall, J
13/06/2006 NR2970 Loch Gruinart 2 Gruinart Staff
20/06/2006 NR2970 Loch Gruinart 4 How, J.
06/05/2007 NR2873 Ardnave 2 How, J.
26/06/2007 NR2866 Loch Gruinart 2 How, J.
14/05/2010 NR312528 Big Strand 6 Greenwood, A & Ashall, J
26/06/2010 NR3060 Islay (unspecified location) 1 Cheesley, P & H
01/07/2010 NR2873 Ardnave 2 Visitor
02/07/2010 NR2656 Loch Indaal 2 Cheesley, P & H
19/05/2011 NR2863 Uiskentuie 2 Carl Reavey
05/06/2011 NR2863 Uiskentuie 2 Mark & Sally Johnson
06/06/2011 NR2863 Uiskentuie 3 Mark & Sally Johnson
28/06/2011 NR3053 Big Strand 0.666666666666667 Peter Roberts calling agitated
28/06/2011 NR3151 Knockangle Point 0.541666666666667 Peter Roberts
28/06/2011 NR320504 Machrie River mouth 0.666666666666667 Peter Roberts