LEICESTER, ENGLAND (Sept. 30, 2:30 p.m. ET) — Leicestershire's Common Tern population is the beneficiary of a conservation success story thanks to nesting rafts made from recycled plastic.
The floating hatcheries were manufactured by Filcris Ltd. using Centriforce Products Ltd.'s Stokbord, a plywood replacement made from recycled plastic.
The rafts have become home to eight pairs of the endangered bird at Watermead Country Park in Leicestershire, rearing 10 young during the summer.
“The success of the Tern rafts was amazing,” said Jim Graham, president of the Leicestershire and Rutland Ornithological Society. “We had not seen any Terns breeding in the Watermead area for several years. We knew that previously this wetland area had offered a good location for breeding Terns, but habitats had degraded and the birds had disappeared.”
Ronnie Doctor, marketing manager for Centriforce, said: “We are delighted that Stokbord has been able to contribute in a small way to conservation efforts for the Common Tern. We are already looking forward to hearing news of next year's breeding program when the rafts are back on the water in the spring.”