A NESTING site for rare sea birds that have settled at The Entrance after migrating from eastern Asia will receive extra protection.
Central Coast Council has recently fenced around the little tern nesting site in Karagi Reserve at The Entrance North.
The council is pleading with residents and visitors to help keep the habitat pristine.
Director assets, infrastructure and business Mike Dowling said the adult birds were known to abandon chicks if they were disturbed.
“[This] leaves the babies vulnerable to predators such as dogs, cats and foxes,” Mr Dowling said.
“The council is acting to protect the birds and is calling on the community’s help as the eggs are so small it’s easy to accidentally step on them or be eaten by other animals.”
The council has set up temporary fencing and signs around the nesting site at Karagi Reserve to keep out pedestrian traffic and potential predators.
Mayor Jane Smith said the terns were a positive sign for the area’s waterways.
“It’s great to hear these birds are back on the Coast and using our shore to raise their young,” Cr Smith said.
“If the council and the community can continue to work together to protect and enhance our natural environments then sightings like this will become more common.”
The council is working with local environmental groups, National Parks and Wildlife, Office of Environment and Heritage and local bird watchers to ensure the little terns can safely nest