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Fairy terns return

Australian Fairy Terns (Sternula nereis nereis) have returned to Point Walter with a gusto, with over 240 nests spotted.

That’s 100 more than previous years, reflecting the importance of this site to this vulnerable species.These tiny terns migrate south from the Houtman Abrolhos to breed, with ~700 pairs thought to nest in the Perth to Bunbury region. There are ~150 nests at Rottnest and ~250 at Bunbury, but other sites have failed this year. At Point Walter, chicks will start to hatch over the next week.

Fairy terns build nests on beaches and are sensitive to disturbance. You can help protect them by enjoying them from a distance. A temporary fence is in place along the Point Walter spit. We request people stay behind the fence – the birds only need the space for a little while.

Find out more about the importance of the Point Walter site and what you can do to help this vulnerable species here and read the DBCA Fairy Tern fact sheet here.