AUTHORITIES are working to protect a local area which is Wales' last stronghold for a species of seabird.

Gronant Dunes, on the Flintshire-Debigshire border, is home to Wales' only breeding colony of the Little Tern - and it is being protected by the Denbighshire Council's Countryside Service.

Despite being so precious, the colony has faced recent threats with quad bikes driving over vital shingle nesting habitat.

But, thankfully, staff from the Countryside Service have been working hard to install electric fenced pens, whilst adhering to social distancing measures.

The Little Tern colony will continue to be monitored with a staff presence throughout the season, which runs from May to late July.

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The Countryside Service is also working with North Wales Police to prevent further quad bike damage to the colony.

Cllr Tony Thomas, Denbighshire County Council’s lead member for housing and communities, said: “The Little Tern colony at Gronant is one of Denbighshire’s most important habitants and I’m pleased this work has been carried out to protect it.

“Over the last 20 years the hard work and dedication of Countryside Services and an army of volunteers has paid off and it is now the most successful colony in the UK.

“Last year, 206 fledglings and 166 breeding pairs of Little Tern nested in Gronant and I would urge members of the public to ensure they are considerate of the habitant and don’t disturb the birds.

“If left unprotected there is a real danger the Little Terns could be disturbed to an extent where they do not return and this iconic species is lost from Wales forever.”