A NEW conservation group is to be set up to protect Jersey’s under-threat sea birds.
The Sea Bird Action Group is expected to be launched later this year to help protect birds including puffins and common terns. It comes a year after a colony of about 50 pairs of common terns deserted their breeding ground on the Ecréhous after 100 eggs were stolen.
It was the second year in a row that the birds, which migrate to the Ecréhous from West Africa each May, have abandoned the site. The Société Jersiaise last year called for a warden to be stationed on the site during breeding season, but the idea was later dismissed as unworkable. Another idea to place a web cam on the rocks was also discounted.
It is hoped that the group, which will be made up of environmentalists and other interested parties, will protect birds across Jersey and the surrounding breeding grounds.
Pictured: A common tern (By Sue Daly)