Birdwatchers can now visit the largest breeding colony of terns in Western Europe with a simple mouse click, thanks to two new sophisticated web cams installed by Natuurpunt (part of BirdLife Belgium).
The expansion of the port of Zeebrugge in Belgium has not only attracted shipping, but also large numbers of terns. In less than 10 years, the peninsula at the east side of the port has been colonised in large numbers by three species. In 2004, over 7,000 pairs of terns bred at the port: 4,067 Sandwich Terns Sterna sandvicensis (around 2% of the world population); 3,052 Common Terns S. hirundo; and 172 pairs of Little Terns S. albifrons.
The location of the tern peninsula may be a blessing for the birds (situated in the port's security there is no public access), but nature lovers have had to wait until now to admire the birds.
Besides live video pictures of the terns, the web site also contains a wealth of other useful information. For further information please contact Bart Slabbinck, Coastal Manager at Natuurpunt (firstname.lastname@example.org).Take a look for yourself at: www.natuurpunt.be/terns