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Natural Ambassadors for the Bays' Birds

Posted by Mike Douglas 
Natural Ambassadors for the Bays' Birds
December 13, 2016 11:47AM
Can this please go on as a sticky?

Could you be a Natural Ambassador Morecambe Bays' Birds?
Morecambe Bay Partnership are looking for volunteers to show people birds at high tide roosts around Morecambe Bay. 'Natural Ambassadors' will educate and enthuse people about the internationally important bird life on their doorstep, fostering an awareness of their natural heritage and promoting sustainable behaviour around roosting birds.

Two recent studies around Morecambe Bay (Wader Roost Study, Marsh and Roberts, 2012, and a Recreational Disturbance Study, Footprint Ecology, 2015) highlighted the problem of disturbance of birds at high tide roosts, and also the lack of information for visitors about the importance of the Bay's birdlife or about their potential impacts on internationally important bird populations. The Natural Ambassadors Project is one of a number of initiatives which aim to tackle this problem.

Volunteers will carry out up to two sessions each month (Oct - Mar) at key sites around the Bay (Plover Scar, Potts Corner, Red Nab, Morecambe, Bolton-le-Sands, Walney), pairing up with other volunteers to show people birds around the high tide period. Training and support will be provided at initial sessions and some optical and interpretational equipment will be available. The Project will run from January 2017 to December 2018.

Required skills include a familiarity with most wintering waders and wildfowl (although identification training will be provided) and an ability to actively engage with site visitors, passing on information about the importance of Morecambe Bay in a positive manner.

If you want to know more about this project then come and join us for an evening to hear about the Bay's birds and how you may be able to help (Over Kellet Village Hall, Tues 17th January 7pm - 9pm). Hot food provided. Please book through www.eventbright.co.uk, or phone Mike Douglas on 01229 582018.
Re: Natural Ambassadors for the Bays' Birds
December 18, 2016 05:37PM
Mike. During the October to March period I would base yourself at Half moon bay cafe area rather then red nab
Re: Natural Ambassadors for the Bays' Birds
December 21, 2016 08:54PM
Thanks Pete,

I was there last week (Half Moon Cafe) and there were a good mixture of birds close to lots of people so I see what you mean. I think we'll have to be flexible with sites and times to get people and birds together at the same place,

Mike
Re: Natural Ambassadors for the Bays' Birds
February 09, 2017 07:54PM
Carried out the first session this morning at the Sunny Slopes groyne.
Birds at roost were:
Oystercatcher - c1,100
Knot - c600
Redshank - 65+
Ringed Plover - 30
Dunlin - 6
Turnstone - 1

Red-breasted Merganser - 2 flew into bay along Kent Channel
Eider - 2 (a pair) drifting on ebb tide

The only disturbance occurred when a County Council lighting vehicle with flashing amber lights drove past on maintenance work. This caused all the Knot to fly off but the remaining waders soon returned to the roost.
Re: Natural Ambassadors for the Bays' Birds
February 28, 2017 08:05PM
Bolton-le-Sands Shore at high tide today (reported by Moira Hallam)

Redshank 100
Oysrecatcher 400
Curlew 20
Lapwing 10
Knot 50
Dunlin 400
Turnstone 6
Shelduck 30
Pintail 2
Little Egret 3
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