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.
Unfortunately a rapidly inbound probably black tern in particularly foul weather this am couldn’t be clinched but single juvenile Arctic and Common and a flock of four Sandwich tern were seen rather better although also in transit
Guillemot - two together out and one in harbour mouth later
17 Med Gulls on the mud near the wooden jetty
A house Martin decided to fly through the wake of the IOM ferry as it was turning to enter port!
Two swallows similarly struggling over the rough sea
Five Pinkfeet out
Eider - at least 196 on sea off Heysham Head - 70 per cent ad m