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.
Saturday, 18 January 2014
Just a quick check
Middleton Nature Reserve
2 pair mute swan +
1 scaup 8 mallard
+ 3 pheasant! 0 pochard this morning
Checked just as tide
reached salt marsh
22 Bar Tailed Godwit
17 ringed plover
4 red breasted merganser (MD)
Harbour Kittiwakes 2 Adults & 2x 2CY
North Harbour Wall A lot of activity with diggers near the feeding station but still Twite 15+