Welcome to Manx BirdLife

Kittiwakes - Maughold - June 2008. Photo: Pat Cullen

Welcome to Manx BirdLife’s website. Manx BirdLife is a charity based in Laxey in the Isle of Man. It works to conserve the Isle of Man’s wild birds and their habitats through advocacy and by raising public awareness of conservation issues.  We base our work on sound scientific research and actively seek partnerships to better achieve conservation goals.

To send us any observations of birds on the Isle of Man, please click on the ‘Your Sightings’ box on the right of this page.

To contact Manx BirdLife, click on CONTACTS at the top of the screen. Click on RECENT REPORTS for recent Manx bird observations. Please join the Manx BirdLife mailing list - just enter your Name and Email address in the boxes at the right of the page.

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Manx BirdLife Takes Part in Mystery Tour

Last Friday, the 25th of July, Manx BirdLife (MBL) joined the Rotary Club of Onchan on their ‘Mystery Road Trip’ organized by Stuart Clague, Rotary club member and also part of the MBL advisory committee.

Unbeknown to the Rotarians and their wives and friends who had joined them, the mystery tour destination was the Ayres Gravel Pits to visit the future grounds of the nature reserve site. Dora Querido, Chief Operating Officer of Manx BirdLife, and Stephen Smyth, General Manager of Island Aggregates, who are partners in the agreement to create the reserve, joined the group for the tour.

Once on site, the group listened to a talk from Dora and Stephen about the future plans for the site, an overview of Manx BirdLife and its work as well as discussing how the site is an excellent demonstration of how economic activities can co-exist and benefit wildlife with the right management.

Mystery Tour group at the gravel pit grounds

Mystery Tour group at the Ayres gravel pit

A tour of the site, led by Sean Gray, one of the licensed bird ringers on the Isle of Man who possesses unrivalled knowledge of the gravel pit’s ecology, revealed the system of lagoons which will form the heart of the reserve, and everyone was enthralled at the sight of a Cormorant nest.

Setting off from Douglas in the evening, the journey took in some of the best upland and forested landscapes the Isle of Man has to offer before reaching the far north of the island. The excellent weather and lack of strong winds, quite often a presence in the north of the island, meant the site visit was especially enjoyable.

The tour ended with an excellent meal at the Methodist Church Hall in Bride, served by outside caterers.

Manx BirdLife would like to thank the Isle of Man rotary club for the invite, as well as Stephen Smyth, Island Aggregates and Sean Gray

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Week ending 20th July 2014 – recent bird sightings on the Isle of Man

For full details of the week’s sightings, please click here. They can also be seen by clicking on ‘RECENT REPORTS’ at the top of the screen, go down to ‘July’, then clicking on ‘20th’.

The total number of species reported in 2014 by the end of this week remains 147, as no new species were reported this weekSee here for the full list of what has been reported. If you see a species that has not yet been reported this year, please do tell us about it using the usual form.

Thanks for all the observations and photos sent in. Please continue to send in your observations and photographs using this form.

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Blog: A Season in the Field for Manx BirdLife

Adult Male Wheatear seen whilst on migration

Adult Male Wheatear seen whilst on migration

Want to know what it’s like to work in the field with Manx BirdLife?

James Walker, one of MBL fieldworkers,  gives a run down of the ups and downs in the day to day life of a bird surveyor!

“The fieldwork for the year has now finished, and I can reflect on a challenging, exhausting but ultimately enjoyable and productive season on the Isle of Man. My body is currently grateful for a break from numerous unsociably early starts, as well as the health benefits of a decrease in my coffee and biscuit intake. The remit at the start of the contract was for me and my colleague Sophie to survey ten percent of the island.  ” Read more

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Manx bird sightings for week ending 13th July 2014

For full details of the week’s sightings, please click here. They can also be seen by clicking on ‘RECENT REPORTS’ at the top of the screen, go down to ‘July’, then clicking on ‘13th’.

The total number of species reported in 2014 by the end of this week was 147. One species were reported for the first time in 2014 during this week:  Tawny OwlSee here for the full list of what has been reported. If you see a species that has not yet been reported this year, please do tell us about it using the usual form.

Thanks for all the observations and photos sent in. Please continue to send in your observations and photographs using this form.

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Manx Birdlife blog launch

FreeDigitalPhotos.net (by Stuart Miles)

FreeDigitalPhotos.net (by Stuart Miles)

 

Manx Birdlife is launching a new feature to the website, a blog as we believe that telling stories in the first person brings us closer to our community.

We will also be inviting you to share your special birding experiences. Our first contributor is recently appointed Chief Operating Officer, Dora Querido talking about her first two weeks in the job.

Do you remember the first two weeks in your job? I moved to the Isle of Man at the end of May to take up my new role as the Chief Operating Officer of Manx BirdLife with a contract for 2 years (at least!). From previous experience, the first couple of weeks essentially involve a standard induction, learning about projects, research and lots of meetings and emails. Also crucial is familiarisation with the tea, coffee and milk system!I never know what to say when people ask me “how is it going?” Read more

 

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