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David Lowman (left), a keen ornithologist and personnel officer for the London Docklands Development Corporation, checking on common terns nesting in East India Dock basin. Right: a pair of the terns chase a gull away from their nesting site as a Docklands Light Railway train passes. Four pairs of the terns are breeding in the area after decades of absence, nesting on shingle-covered rafts provided by the corporation. They have hatched at least 10 chicks.