Sunday, January 11, 2009

Garden Birdwatch Conference

Yesterday morning I was at the Merseyside Garden Birdwatch Conference. This conference was held to launch the Garden Birdwatch Ambassador scheme in Merseyside and South West Lancs. With funding from the National Lottery, via the Heritage Lottery Fund, the BTO has secured funding to appoint Birdwatch Ambassadors the length and breadth of the country. These volunteers will be working to a) promote the Garden Birdwatch scheme and b) the BTO and bird recording in general.
In Merseyside Janet Gillam was recruited to the post so, if you belong to some Natural History Club, Gardening Club, Parent-Teacher Association, RSPB local group or any other local organisation that would like to receive a talk from Janet either contact me, Janet or the Birdwatch Office in Thetford to arrange a date.
Presentations given to the audience of Birdwatch participants were: Paul Stancliffe (BTO) on ‘Are gardens good for birds or birdwatchers?’, Helen Greaves (Merseyside Biobank) on ‘Welcome to wildlife recording’ and Peter Fearnon (SW Lancs Ringing Group) on ‘A bird in the hand’.
See: www.bto.org/gbw for further details of the scheme.

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