Depending on the season of the year determines what species are around in Hastings. The Sandwich Tern comes back from Africa in March and April and nests at a colony at Rye and Dungeness. They fly out past the Pier to fish for Sand Eels along the coast. When the young hatch, the adults carry fish back to feed them. The young and their parents often feed off the pier during the summer before they take their autumn migration journey to West Africa where they spend the winter.