The Great Winter Nurdle Hunt

Posted on - In Lancashire Wildlife Trust
Date / Time Start date:  Sat, 04/02/2017 - 10:00am - 12:00pm According to recent studies, billions of tiny plastic pellets, known as 'nurdles' are lost into the UK environment each year. These can significantly harm marine wildlife once they make it into the sea. As part of the Government's microbeads consultation they are looking for evidence of these so-called nurdles on our beaches and that is why we are going to brave the cold to hunt out these naughty nurdles and record what we find! No booking is required, just dress for the chilly winter weather and join us on the beach! Summary:  Come and join us on our winter mission to hunt out tiny nurdles of plastic in the sand on Crosby Beach! ...

Summer Education Placement

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Quick summary:  Gain valuable experience working with wildlife and young people on a 6 month placement with the Trust based at Brockholes Nature Reserve in Preston. Full Time, Fixed Term for 6 months Inspire children and young people about the natural world through a variety of educational workshop programmes and outreach activities.  To thrive in our culture, you will need a huge enthusiasm for the natural world and a desire to inspire other people. In return, we offer a friendly and flexible working environment and the chance to make a positive difference for people and wildlife in the North West. Salary:  Meets National Minimum wage, or living wage, dependent upon age. Closing date:&nb...

Coot join Mediterranean

Posted on - In Heysham Bird Observatory (LWT)
Mediterranean gull still showing well on model boat pond at Middleton Nature Reserve. Also today were, to my knowledge, the first coot of 2017 for the reserve, one on the model boat pond and two on Tim Butler pond.4 adult + 4 immature Mute swan7 Gadwall6 Mallard1 Pochard (male)5  Tufted5 Teal3 Coot3 Moorhen1 Little egret1 Mediterranean gullMD...

Great In The End!

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The tale of two sad twitchers looking for a Great White Egret.A friend had asked if he could go birding with me on Monday, the main aim was to see his first Great White Egret if it was still around after I had told him I had seen it at Conder Green last Friday. We tried really hard to find the bird, but it was nowhere to be seen either at Conder Green, nor at the canal basin at Glasson Dock where it had been reported on Sunday. Later in the day we decided to take a look for about a mile along the canal east of Thurnham Mill where the bird had been first found on Thursday 12 January....no sign. But at 13.54pm on our way back along the canal towards Thurnham Mill, I had a call from the ever trusted and reliable AC to tell me the GWE was on the canal behind Christ Church at Glasson Dock....Shuck's. Mike and I had gone in the wrong di...
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Forest School Project Officer – People’s Postcode Lottery (PPL)

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Quick summary:  The Education Team require an individual who can deliver high quality Forest School and environmental education activities based predominantly in the North Merseyside area but also at Brockholes Nature Reserve and the rest of the Trust region. Full-Time, Fixed Term (for 9 months initially) You will be responsible for assisting in the preparation, implementation, delivery and evaluation of Forest Schools programmes (PPL) and education workshop programmes, including working directly with visiting school groups of all ages. Salary:  £21,728.00 pa Closing date:  Fri, 10/02/2017 (All day) Location:  ...

North West industrial landscape to be restored to community

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Release date:  Tue, 24/01/2017 (All day) Main image:  Summary:  The industrial heartlands of the North West are set to be transformed thanks to National Lottery players ‘The Carbon Landscape – Restoring Great Manchester Wetlands to the Community’ project has been awarded almost £2million by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and is an ambitious and innovative programme to restore nature in places where heavy industry ruled for more than a century. read more...

Canal King

Posted on - In Birding Aldcliffe
Kingfisher near Whte Cross, LancasterThere's been little change in the bird life of the Aldcliffe area over the last few days, as far as I can tell.Highlights have included the arrival of a solitary drake shoveler on Freeman's Pools (yesterday) and a mini-influx of pink-footed geese with a whopping 80 in the fields this morning.Hopefully goose numbers will increase substantially over the next few weeks - do keep an eye out for any odd stragglers among the commoner species. The Fylde still is still hosting thousands of pinkfeet, plus several Eurasian white-fronts, both taiga and tundra bean geese, barnacle geese and a Todd's Canada goose and the much-twitched red-breasted goose. Tawny owl. Can you see me? Can you see me now?I've added a few patch 'year-ticks' in the past couple of days such as kestrel and stock dove while a Sunday stroll alo...
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Turning Up Trumps Again.

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Conder Pool turned up trumps again on Thursday, but I did'nt get there myself until Friday, the day of the inauguration of another Trump....'Lets Make America Great Again'.Great White Egret. Conder Pool 20 Jan. Pete Woodruff.Not only did Conder Pool host another first on Friday, but the Great White Egret posed well and put on an excellent arial display when a Grey Heron chased it around the pool giving comparisons between the two birds which are almost identical in size and wing span, though the GWE's long trailing legs were very distinct.Little else of note on the pool, with just the drake Goosander seen and a Little Grebe, another was in the creeks where the Spotted Redshank was roosting once again. I legged it to Glasson Dock along the coastal path gaining 3 Robin, 2 Blackbird, a Blue Tit and Great Tit....

Saturday Short

Posted on - In Another Bird Blog
When I got up and looked outside I could see a slight frost together with a little breeze shaking the bare branches of the weather-vane damson tree. I decided on a spot of local birding instead of a ringing session in the bare set-aside field within yards of the coast. And in any case Andy had told me he was going for an MOT - his car, I think. Whether the old banger will last for another year or two is up for debate. A thin layer of frost soon cleared from the windscreen and luckily the roads were dry and ice-free so I drove over the bumpy moss road towards Pilling. There was a Barn Owl hunting in the half-light, a couple of Song thrushes in good voice, and then about 40 Fieldfares leaving a roost. The Fieldfares flew up to tree tops for a brief look around before they set off for their day of searching the fields. I stopped t...
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