New book ‘Little Terns and Sea Holly’

 Little Terns and Sea Holly: three summers at Gronant Dunes

Now published by Penlan Publishing, price £10 (go to  to buy using PayPal, or available from Amazon).  The author spent three summers visiting Gronant Dunes, Denbighshire, the only nesting site in Wales of these protected birds and kept a diary of her time there, as well as sketching them.  The birds are tiny, beautiful, fascinating, annoying, sometimes aggressive (when their nests or young are threatened) out of all proportion to their size.  They come for a packed three months, during which they mate, nest, hatch young, then train these young the rudiments of flying and fishing before they set off again for their over-wintering grounds in West Africa.  The author was so interested in their story that she followed them there, and a section of the book describes their life under warmer skies, and the other creatures they share it with.  The book includes many watercolour illustrations.

The book!

The book!

Here is a taster of some of the watercolour illustrations:

Tern male with sand eel

This fine specimen is trying to tempt a potential mate with a tempting morsel.  The women are quite choosy however:

Tern female distainful

Like little terns, puffins are dependent on sand eels:

Puffin feet

In West Africa, as well as terns of all sizes and amazing birds, there are a rainbow array of crabs – this is one of the red and white ones found in the Mangrove Swamps Crab



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