Memorial event in the memory of
Derek Yalden. added 28.04.13
In July there
will be a memorial event to celebrate the life and achievements of Derek
Yalden, following his untimely death this year. It will be held at the
University of Manchester on the afternoon of Saturday July 13th 2013.
If you would like to
attend or contribute a brief written tribute to Derek, please contact
direct for details.
Woodland Survey Needs Volunteers.
Manchester Ecology Unit and Natural England are setting up a woodland survey
network in at least 10 permanent sites across Greater Manchester.
The aim is to
ensure bird and other wildlife records are collected in a more structured
way, thereby helping conservationists and site managers better monitor how
our wildlife is faring and make better decisions on how to protect it. In
recent years many important woodlands in the county have been significantly
being sought to carry out a single 1km line transect survey, similar to the
BTO’s Breeding Bird Survey. As with the BBS, two visits are required during
the period April to June, with each survey taking approximately one hour.
In addition to
recording birds, volunteers would ideally note down certain wildflowers
during the first survey visit and common invasive non native plant species,
such as Himalayan Balsam during the second. A simple guide to these plant
species, a comprehensive survey handbook and full survey training will be
provided to anyone that is interested in taking part.
there are ten woodland sites across Greater Manchester (one in each borough)
that people can choose to volunteer at.
If you are
interested in helping out or would like to find out more, please contact
Samuel Bolton via
or ring 07854163376.
Get your copy of the
2010 Greater Manchester County Bird Report while stocks last.
As we are now well underway with the forthcoming 2011 Annual
County Bird Report, now is the time to get your copy of the 2010 report
while stocks last. At only £7 (plus postage) it represents incredible
value for money!
A small number of reports are still available and they can
be obtained from me directly by post (see address below) or copies will also
be available at selected outlets. Those locations currently distributing the
report are (this list will be added to as other sites are confirmed):
MARC the Printers on Edge Street, Manchester City Centre (in the
Northern Quarter). Payment on site is by cash only or alternatively copies
can be picked up from here once payment by cheque has been sent to and
received by me.
Stockport Optics, Mercian Way, Edgeley, Stockport.
In Focus at Martin Mere WWT
Copies can also be purchased at the indoor meetings of the
Leigh Ornithological Society and Bolton RSPB.
Please provide payment (£8.40 for report including postage) and an address for the report to be
All cheques must be made payable to 'GREATER MANCHESTER BIRD RECORDING
GROUP' and sent to: - Ian McKerchar, 42 Green Avenue, Astley, Greater
Manchester. M29 7EH.
Please do not hesitate to contact me at
email@example.com for any
queries or to check availability.
Finally, please support your county's birds and birding by purchasing a
copy of the 2010 County Bird Report. It remains the definitive (and
only!) account of the birds recorded during 2010 and is packed with features
new and old which will enhance your birding.