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Little Tern on her insulated nest...<br />
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Enterprising RSPB warden John Dadds has come to the rescue of one of Britains most exposed colonies of Little terns - thanks to an inspirational trip to a DIY store and a £1.75 hanging basket liner.<br />
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Dadds study of the tiny colony on Chesil beach in Dorset last year had revealed that many of the birds eggs were failing to hatch, and he realised that the wind whistling through the gaps in the pebbles was cooling the eggs down to a critical level.<br />
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After a visit to his local Wilkinson's and armed with a bucket of sand and 12 hanging basket liners, Dadds set to work this year to provide a more draught proof nest for the returning birds. <br />
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So far 21 pairs have taken up the nests and Dadds is mounting a round the clock watch over them to see if his plan has worked.