The observatory was set up in 1980. It involves ringing,'vis mig' counts (including seabirds) and general monitoring in the Heysham Nature reserve/power stations/harbour area. The statutory moth trap is in place and also a daily log for butterflies, dragonflies etc.
We share an office, kindly provided by EDF Energy, with the County Wildlife Trust. This is located next to the Nature Reserve car park. Do call in. Please leave sightings in the letterbox, ESPECIALLY 'fly-by' seabirds.
Heysham Obs A nice selection of late afternoon waifs and strays in the harbour. Thanks to Margaret Breaks
Leach's Petrel - 33-35 out between 0730 and 1630hrs, some nice and close. In fairly continuous view until about 1120, with some blogging and backtracking making estimates a little difficult. These figures are on the cautious side. Thanks To Ian, Tom, Margaret, Tom again, Jean and many others (including people sneaking away from the Oxenhope vis megaspot) for documenting this passage today in what was "shirt-sleeve" weather by late afternoon - NEVER seen Leach's moving in such benign conditions before!
Shag - 1CY on wooden jetty, then presumably the same flew into the harbour late afternoon but promptly disappeared!
Manx Shearwater - one in at about 1130hrs
Great Skua (Bonxie) - one in c1115hrs
Med Gull - 1CY & Ad
Razorbill - 1CY in the harbour late afternoon
Red-throated Diver - one out & one diver sp. out
Kittiwake - juv Heysham 2 outfall
Meadow Pipit - 6SE 0745-0815
Grey Wagtail - 1 SE 0745-0815
Pink-footed Goose - 15+9+40 S
Arctic Tern - 2 juvs out
Guillemot - one in harbour, up to three offshore
Gannet - 2CY in the harbour, eating fisherman's bait!