Natural Ambassadors for the Bay's Birds – volunteers needed for Walney Island

Fri, 2018-01-05 08:59

Morecambe Bay Partnership is seeking volunteers to help inform and inspire people about the thousands of waders and wildfowl that use Morecambe Bay as a vital stop-off during the autumn and winter months.  

A day workshop on Saturday 20th January will tell people about the Natural Ambassadors project, the Bay's fantastic birds, and how they can help us to inspire and enthuse people who use the Bay.

The volunteers will join a growing number of Natural Ambassadors who are active and out around the Bay in all weathers, showing regular users and visitors to the Bay the wide array of birds and guiding people as to the best ways to avoid disturbing the birds.

The Partnership is looking for people who are friendly and approachable, fairly knowledgeable about coastal birds, and who are happy to share this knowledge and enthusiasm twice monthly at outdoor sessions on key roost sites around certain high tides on Walney.

Annabelle Kennedy, Natural Heritage Officer said

This is fabulous opportunity for people to really make a difference, and inspire and enthuse others that use the Bay regularly.  Natural Ambassadors will also learn new skills, meet new people, and make a worthwhile difference to the understanding and appreciation of the Bay's birds. After all, how can people care about something that they know little about?

For more information join us for a training workshop on what a Natural Ambassador is, what the work involves, our approach, with a refresher on identification of wintering birds and their ecology. Join us on Saturday 20th January 2018 9.30am (to 4pm) on Walney Island (venue to be confirmed). Booking is essential - click here to book.

Further information about the workshop can be found here.

This project is being delivered as part of the Heritage Lottery Funded ‘Headland to Headspace’ Scheme, which is offering a whole host of volunteering and community activities to help conserve, understand and celebrate the Bay’s rich natural and cultural heritage.

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