Common terns spend the winter in South Africa but return to the UK to breed

UK - Threatened seabirds on Teesside and Solent coast to get extra protection.

A new conservation area is to be created and an existing one extended in a bid to protect the breeding grounds of threatened seabirds.

Species including little and common terns, avocets, ruffs and migratory knots could benefit from the Special Protected Areas (SPA).

The Teesmouth and Cleveland Coast SPA, near Middlesbrough, is being extended by 42 sq miles (109 sq km).

A new Solent and Dorset Coast SPA will cover 344 sq miles (891 sq km).

The two areas, which join 47 already in existence in England, aim to protect rare and vulnerable seabirds from human activity, such as fishing or recreation.

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