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.
Friday, 29 June 2012
Two Gannets, a Silver Y and a Med Gull
...........just about sums up the morning. The Gannets were just before the IOM ferry - sub-ad and 2CY, the Silver Y was in the moth trap (along with a most unremarkable collection) and the 1st summer moulting to second winter Med was on the mud by the outfalls and seen on one leg at least to be unringed
Later in the afternoon Red Nab held: Arctic Tern - adult - first for ages!
Kittiwake - 2CY
Small China Mark moth in the wetland area at Heysham NR today - the most regular of this group of moths at Heysham. Thanks Janet