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.
Tuesday, 25 January 2011
Twite in the Rain
Heysham Obs North Harbour Wall early morning
Twite - 50 including 8 unringed. Seen in unexpectedly heavy rain.
Linnet - 3 (1 ringed bird).
...............and a few more this afternoon (68+, assuming all Twite)
Ocean Edge shingle beach high tide
Really nice selection of close waders including:
Ringed Plover (21), Grey Plover (10), Bar-tailed Godwit (2), Black-tailed Godwit (1) plus a load of Dunlin, Knot and Redshank........and two Skylark