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Little Terns Are The Latest Climate Scare

April 14, 2014

By Paul Homewood


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More alarmist nonsense from the Eastern Daily Press, in East Anglia.

They are worried that little terns will be the next victim of “rising sea levels”. Just up the coast, we have one of the longer running tide gauges at North Shields, which shows sea levels have been steadily rising at 1.91mm/year since 1890. Somehow, the little terns have managed to survive all of this, and still breed along the Norfolk shore.


chart: Mean Sea Level Trend, 170-053 - North Shields, UK


Furthermore, the rate of sea level rise has actually been slowing since the middle of the 20thC.




And nearer to home, we have Felixstowe. Although this gauge only dates back to 1980, there no sign of any change at all in recent years.




Of course, whenever there is a bit of bad weather, wildlife will suffer, just as it has always done throughout history. Interestingly tough, the report mentions that “winter storms have brought increased areas of suitable shingle habitat”.

Wildlife has spent millions of years adapting to the ebbs and flows of nature. I am surprised that the RSPB don’t understand this.

By far the biggest danger facing little terns, which the article very briefly alludes to, is disturbance on beaches, caused by humans. It is a pity that was not made the theme of the report.

  1. April 14, 2014 3:08 pm

    “Climate threat to regional newspapers”

    In other news, concerned hacks worried that if they didn’t fulfil their quota of alarmist scare stories, the local population would cease to buy their output.

  2. John F. Hultquist permalink
    April 14, 2014 3:48 pm

    Of the four graphics in this post, only one sells newspapers. That is the one of the Little Tern from the Eastern Daily Press.

    The BBC has a quote that tells the story: “In the past the areas lost to flooding or storms would be offset by new areas of sand or shingle thrown up by the sea,” said Mr. Hibbert.
    “This is now being prevented by hard sea defences and other man-made developments.
    “The result, known as coastal squeeze, means beaches are getting narrower and the little terns are quickly running out of space.”

    One might assume the birds did fine (for how many centuries?) when people did not interfere with the coast. Being able to fly helps when they need to find that new spot of beach when past storms reworked one that had been used.
    I get the sense that newspapers writers need to spend more time reading and less time listening to those with an agenda, regardless of how sincere the person is – I like birds too but our local Audubon Society members watch and read about birds, they don’t read “Not a lot of people know that.” I don’t think any of them know the “global temperature” isn’t going up like the blade of a hockey stick. They often visit coasts and being a high energy and dynamic place, a coast changes almost daily. They see change and hear daily an outpouring of climate doom stories.

    Note that I think the interest in protecting the coastal areas is a good thing.

  3. April 15, 2014 3:48 pm

    Poor wee terns all cold and shivering in winter and getting their feet wet. What they need are wee coats and mufflers and wee Wellington booties.

  4. Andy DC permalink
    April 15, 2014 4:54 pm

    Probably the wind farms destory many more terns that any real or imagined climate change.

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