Our Bay, Our Birds

Fri, 2017-04-28 13:47
Conserving the Bay's Birds

The vast numbers of birds we see on the coast in the autumn and winter are a familiar sight. They make the Bay unique and we want to conserve those special places where the birds gather at high tide. However, in recent years, numbers have declined.

Do you enjoy spending time on the coast for work or play? Are you a walker, birdwatcher, local business? Or do you simply have an interest in birds and enjoy being out and about around the Bay?

Please join us for an evening to hear about some of our recent work helping to conserve the Bay’s Birds. Find out what you can do to help.

A recent study was undertaken to find out what is affecting the wintering birds of the Bay as there have been declines in numbers over the years. One of the main recommendations that came out of this study is the need to raise awareness about the birds across the Bay, as well as those on specific sites which are important winter roosts.  How we can all pull together to conserve the abundant wildlife that we are so fortunate to have on our doorstep, and which makes Morecambe Bay unique.

Winter roosts for waders and wildfowl are where birds rest during high tides. This resting period is vital for them to survive the winter, and conserve precious energy for their annual migration to their breeding and nesting grounds. They need this rest to ensure they are in optimum condition for the breeding season.

The study (and workshops with local people) recognised the fact that we have wonderful wildlife on the Bay, and that this needs recognising and celebrating in order to conserve it. We commissioned Telltale Interpretation to develop ideas about how best to raise awareness about our wildlife, and they have come up with ideas on how to do this. Some are what you might expect. Some a little more quirky! You will also have the chance to contribute to developing those ideas further.

We are hosting two information sharing evenings.

For Lancaster, please book here.

For Barrow-in-Furness, please book here.

If you have any specific dietary and or access requirements, please email Annabelle Kennedy.

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