For the first time this year, in order to give our migratory common terns some much needed empty nesting space, we launched a tern raft onto the tidal Oysterbeds lagoon.  As noted in the mid-season blog, success in colonisation was rapid and great to see.  With the season complete, I'm happy to report that although it's not been plain sailing, the rest of the season progressed very well and resulted in what may well be a breakthrough for the common terns breeding here. By mid September, 44 common terns had fledged directly from the raft and another 6 had fledged nearby (compared to just 5 fledglings from this site between 2014-2016).