Mark Avery on Forest of Bowland AONB Consultation

Posted on - In Roeburnscar Cottages
Please respond to Forest of Bowland AONB consultationMark ♦ May 18, 2018 ♦ 4 CommentThe Forest of Bowland AONB is consulting on its next 5-year plan for 2019-24.  They would like your views by a week today, 25 May.  It’s easy to fill in the short consultation form – takes about 5 minutes. Have a look at their last plan with its images of Hen Harriers and talk of natural beauty and how that means a lot more than just landscape – click here. There are very few questions, and most of them are a choice of boxes to tick, but questions 3 and 5 allow free text.  Here are my responses to those questions. Q3: Hen Harriers – though their numbers are dramatically depleted. This is, as your previous management plan states, ‘the iconic bird of prey of the area’ and yet in th...

Membership milestone and recent sightings

Posted on - In Leighton Moss (RSPB)
Following on from where my previous post ended, we are glad to announce that yesterday David Mower recruited his 1000th RSPB membership at Leighton Moss! As a token of appreciation, David awarded the couple with a lovely framed copy of his photograph of a perching male Marsh Harrier. David began recruitment in October 2014 some months after retiring from 27 years as our Warden, and since then has spent several days a week as a volunteer here continuing to promote the value of the natural world and the conservation work performed by the RSPB at Leighton Moss, across the UK and further afield . It is a remarkable achievement and contribution - well done David! And of course thank you to all those who support us through membership.  David with the lucky couple The recent period of glorious weather, heralding the imminence of summer, ...

Human Remains!

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I was birding in Bowland yesterday....Brilliant.But unfortunately I'm out of blogging time probably until Saturday. So Birds2blog is running late....nothing new there then. But some 'good stuff' wasn't the only thing I found in Bowland.Seeing is believing. Welcome to Bowland Landfill.Bring your waste to Bowland Landfill, and tip it there....It's Free. ...
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Book Review – Wildlife of Madeira and the Canary Islands

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When I arrived back home after two weeks in Menorca, there was a parcel waiting. It was a review copy of Wildlife of Madeira and the Canary Islands, freshly out as the newest addition to the highly successful WILDGuides titles. The author John Bowler is a conservation officer on the island of Tiree in the Scottish Inner Hebrides. He is the author of a number of field guides, including Wildlife of Seychelles (Princeton WILDGuides). Wildlife of Madeira and the Canary Islands - Princeton PressMacaronesiaSo how does the new book stack up? Firstly, the clue is in the title. Potential buyers should note that this new volume is a more than a bird guide. It is a “wildlife guide” and therefore includes a guide to not just birds but also mammals, reptiles, amphibians, butterflies and dragonflies. The book covers the key wildlife s...

More terns and bits and bobs

Posted on - In Heysham Bird Observatory (LWT)
Bill Martin and myself covered the north wall this morning and similar fare to yesterday minus the oddities North wall 0650-0920Arctic Tern - 134 in (largest flock 21), a majority 0820-0910Sandwich Tern - c120 in, latterly a few bloggers - many fishing en route as they flew in but none seen to come out!Arctic Skua - dark morph chasing tern in the mouth of the bayGannet - 3/4cy in then outKittiwake - flock of 15 in (all but one 2CY)Guillemot - 1small waders - three flocks totalling 30Common Scoter - just one distant flock of c20Swallow - 11 inShag - 2CY on wooden jetty...

Back To Brown

Posted on - In Fleetwood Birder
It was a return to the brownfield site in the south of my region for me this morning, and what a glorious morning it was as I headed south down the M6 at 5:00 a.m. The weather was equally glorious at my survey site with clear skies and a light northeasterly breeze.I was keen to find out what was happening with the Little Ringed Plovers (LRP). I got out of my car and stood in front of a mound to give some background to my outline, and scanned with my scope. It seemed quiet at first and I thought "had they gone", but then I picked up one, then a second and then a third, and a breathed a sigh of relief. Little Ringed PloverI decided to change position to get the sun behind me and have a proper systematic look across the site. As I headed round to the other side to stand in front of a hedge, again to give some background to my outline, I c...
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Great earlyish morning by the seaside

Posted on - In Heysham Bird Observatory (LWT)
Wow this is such a late spring as north-easterlies produced what could be expected at the end of April/early May!   I gave up checking through the significant number of 2CY seagulls a week or so ago; Jean didn't this morning and out popped an Iceland Gull!   A singleton Black Tern joined the year list as it  motored into the Bay along the Kent channel line and a real bonus for the year list was a late passage Little Ringed Plover which flew in from the south, ran around for a bit on the 'mound' before heading off high to the north Sea 0740-0930 x 2 observersArctic Tern - 205 'in' (largest flock 29)Sandwich Tern - at least 49 inArctic Skua - perhaps the same light morph seen twice chasing terns at long rangeBlack Tern - singleton in on its own at 0817hrsRed-throated Diver - summer plumaged individual outIceland ...

A Packet Of Smarties

Posted on - In Another Bird Blog
I met up with Andy for our first Sand Martin ringing session of 2018. Like me, Andy had been on holiday, me in Menorca, and he in Turkey. Birders and ringers are ultra-competitive and as we swapped tales of sunny days his Eleonora’s Falcon was pretty good but I reckon I smashed him with 5 Golden Orioles, a European Roller and a Red-footed Falcon. There was no such exotica today. It was back to the bread and butter of Cockerham, the piping of Oystercatchers and the steady buzz of Sand Martins all around us as we waited to catch. Last year was very poor for our catches here as the so-called summer kept thwarting our planned visits. This year the colony is more tightly packed and so far at least, the weather is much better. We counted 200+ Sand Martins in attendance with most of the occupied nests in the softer strata layer of the...
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Volunteer Coordinator (Lets Grow Preston)

Posted on - In Lancashire Wildlife Trust
Quick summary:  We are looking for an enthusiastic and experienced Part Time Project Officer to work with volunteers, trainees and community groups to deliver a range of activities and training sessions in Preston in partnership with Lets Grow Preston. Part Time – 18.75 hours per week This post is offered on a fixed-term basis until 28th February 2021                                                                                             Salary:  £22,152.00 per annum pro rata ...

A Day In The Life Of….

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....well, only five hours on Monday actually.The Goosander. It was good that I finally caught up with the female Goosander with her 4 ducklings in the creeks at Conder Green, along with a female Mallard and her 5. A combined total of 9 ducklings from an absolute minimum of 17 between these two birds, an amazing 26 if they both had full broods which they probably rarely do, either way, some serious losses here then, 8 minimum loss, 17 maximum loss. I've so far found no breeding records of the Goosander anywhere near this area....a first. The pair of Common Tern and the Oystercatcher were loafing around - sitting on eggs in the case of the females - on the Conder Pool pontoon, appearing to totally ignore each other barely a half metre apart, also, 17 Tufted Duck, and 5 Greylag noted. A circuit produced, Hous...