One of the UK’s rarest seabirds the Roseate Tern, who’s severe, long-lasting and well documented decline make it a Red List species is receiving round the clock protection during the breading season on Coquet Island, aided by CCTV surveillance implemented by North East CCTV systems integrator 2020 Vision Systems.
This important seabird colony is one mile off the Northumberland coast. No landing is possible on the island, but during the breeding season the system which went live in June 2006 enables local people and holidaymakers to watch the private life of Coquet’s puffins, terns and other seabirds without the risk of disturbing the nesting birds, from the Sea Bird Centre on Amble Quayside.
However, due to the threat to the rare Tern from illegal egg collectors the CCTV system now has a new role in securing the island from trespassers and those with mall intent.
Paul Morrison, RSPB Coquet Island warden, said: “Coquet Island is one of the RSPB’s smallest nature reserves and during the spring and summer every square metre is packed with nesting seabirds. It’s just not possible for visitors to land on the island because of the number of nesting birds, so in 2006 we decided to use remote monitoring technology to take the birds to the people. It’s great that we have been able to extend the use into providing security for the protection of the rare Roseate Tern.”
Peter Houlis Managing Director of 2020Vision said “The Coquet Island CCTV project was extremely interesting from a technical and logistical point of view, to see it in operation and how it was received by the public was very rewarding. To know its being used for the protection and preservation for one of our most precious species of birds is even more gratifying.