For many people, the primary reason for visiting this website is to access up-to-date news on bird sightings in our area. LDBWS is proud to have received numerous compliments on the value and importance of this section of the website to both members and non-members. Anybody can submit records, and the sightings page can be accessed, wherever you are in the website, by clicking “Birdnews” on the menu bar at the top of the page. Friendly discussion on relevant issues is also encouraged, in a subsection of the sightings page.
The popularity of the website is indicated by the fact that, based on our latest information, it has between 300 and 400 unique visitors each day. Even assuming that every member visits the site on a daily basis, the total number of visitors is well in excess of the membership.
We are keen to retain this open, non-exclusive access to the “Birdnews” section of the website to ensure that the major sightings of birds within the local area are recorded. It helps to ensure that a more comprehensive basis of recordings for the society’s Annual Reports is available and provides a valuable source of information for the County Bird Recorder.
LDBWS does, of course, encourage birders in the local area and regular visitors to join the society and feels that our subscription costs represent good value for money but we recognise that many people may have valid reasons to avoid such a commitment. However, as an alternative, we would appreciate non-members, who benefit from the information that the website provides, to consider making a modest voluntary financial contribution to help the society with its costs. Anyone wishing to help in this way can contact the Secretary (click “About” tab for contact details). We hope, very much, that you will support our efforts to ensure that the society goes from strength to strength in providing support and information for birders in the area around Morecambe Bay.