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Roseate Tern

An occasional visitor to Dorset, especially to the lagoon on Brownsea Island

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Common Name Roseate Tern
Scientific Name Sterna dougallii
Species Group Birds Gulls Skuas and Terns
Status Scarce
Interest Level
  • 05 - May
  • 06 - June
  • 07 - July
  • 08 - August
  • 09 - September
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A common tern with a black beak and very long tail streamers 

Identification Notes
  • Nests in Ireland so is only an occasional visitor to Dorset
  • Similar to a common tern but lighter grey in colour with a black bill and very long tail streamers
  • Most likely to be see on sheltered shallow saline waters like the Fleet, Brownsea lagoon and Christchurch harbour 
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