Living with Terns


The Sounding Coastal Change project had two key partners: the Norfolk Coast Partnership, who manage the North Norfolk Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and The Wells Maltings. We asked these partners to suggest an issue that they felt was important for Wells as a topic for a sonic postcard, and to propose people we could approach for a variety of views. The resulting Living with Terns sonic postcard presents the issue of dog walkers in Wells. Specifically, it explores the need for dog owners to be aware of why they might be asked to keep their dogs on leads to protect beach-nesting birds such as little terns during the breeding season. Wells is a popular dog-friendly destination, but to live well with little terns, dogs must be kept away from bird nesting areas.


Kim Hammond and Chris Bonfiglioli

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With thanks to our speakers (in order of appearance):

Gary Elton:  Ornithologist, Holme Bird Observatory

Estelle Hook:  Former Manager, Norfolk Coast Partnership

Lucy Galvin:  Former Communications Officer, Norfolk Coast Partnership

Robert Smith MBE: The Harbour Master, Wells-next-the-Sea

Jake Fiennes: Director, Holkham National Nature Reserve

Andy Bloomfield: Warden, Holkham National Nature Reserve 

Wynona Legg: Ringed Plover Project Officer, RSPB Titchwell

Paul Eele: Warden, Holkham National Nature Reserve

Alex Larter: Former ENDURE Project Officer, Norfolk County Council 

Simon Daykin: Director, Wells Maltings