Friday, 11 August 2017

NGB Trip 2017

Tomorrow, the island welcomes eight Next Generation Birders (NGB) for their annual week-long trip to Bardsey, where they will experience life at one of the UK's 19 fully functioning and registered Bird Observatories.

For the past 4 years NGBs have been coming to the island, with most of the trip costs paid for by the BTO's Young Bird Obs Volunteer Fund. During the trip, the NGBs will be carrying out a range of tasks to gain an insight into life at an observatory. This will include assisting with census counts, bird ringing and monitoring the Manx Shearwaters.

Long-term monitoring of bird populations and migration is one of the Observatory’s primary aims and so the daily bird counts recorded by the NGBs during their stay will be contributing to this. Bird ringing is also an integral part of the Observatory’s work, and those NGBs with appropriate licenses will be able to assist with the various ringing activities that will be going on throughout the week.

Manx Shearwater (Puffinus puffinus) - Image: Sorrel Lyall
From the 12th to the 19th August the BBFO blog will be managed by two of the NGBs currently staying at the observatory: our autumn intern Elliot Montieth, and volunteer Josie Hewitt, who have both returned to the Obs after falling in love with the island on previous visits.

Storm Petrel (Hydrobates pelagicus) - Image: David Hunter
To see what our NGBs are getting up to throughout the week make sure to follow the hastags #YBOVF and #BardseyNGB on Facebook and Twitter.

NGBs on Bardsey in 2015

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