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.
Did you see the recent Tweet from the BTO? A Lesser-black Backed Gull was recorded as flying from Walney in Cumbria, across to the Isle of Man and back all in one day. The bird was fitted with a GPS tracking device that is part of a detailed study of Lesser Black-backed Gulls breeding on Walney, to establish which areas of marine habitat are important to this population and how it might be affected by offshore wind farm developments, of which several already exist, both during the breeding season and at other times of the year. For more details of the Walney project click here.
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Dora, Sophie and James on the boat to the Calf of Man
On Friday the 1st of August, the last day of James’ and Sophie’s contracts as Breeding Bird surveyors, we treated them to a visit to the Calf of Man, one of the best nesting habitats for seabirds in the Isle of Man where neither of them had been before. It was also the first visit for Dora, our Chief Operating Officer, who joined them on the trip. Further details about the day can be found in our latest blog.
We are very grateful to James and Sophie for all their hard work during the last 18 weeks. They made an amazing team and delivered above and beyond what we expected. We wish them the best of luck for their next adventures, although they are not going too far away from Manx BirdLife just yet. James will be helping MBL with media and communications work on a voluntary basis and Sophie is working for a couple of days a week as a Data Assistant to coordinate data entry with our new volunteers. This will mean we will no longer have a backlog of Garden Birdwatch Forms and sighting reports in a few months time.
Published in March 2014, this contains the 2009 bird report and many other interesting articles
The Manx Ornithological Society publishes the journal ‘Peregrine’. It contains natural history records and reports of Manx interest. Earlier this year, a new edition was published (Volume 10, Issue 2) which contained the following articles:
- Manx Butterflies in 2009 – Gail Jeffcoate
- Red Grouse in the Isle of Man 2009 – Bruce Walker and Denis Hughes
- Choughs in the Isle of Man in 2009 – Allen S Moore
- Cattle Egrets in the Isle of Man – Pat Cullen
- First nesting of the Buzzard in the Isle of Man – Garry Curtis
- Guy Madoc and the Blue Rock Thrush – Pat Cullen
- A Lesser Horseshoe Bat grounded at Glen Chass – Richard Selman
- Manx Ringing Group Report for 2009 – Kevin Scott
- The Manx Bird Report for 2009 – Richard Selman, Allen S Moore & Chris Sharpe, with a summary of the year by Pat Cullen.
The titles of these articles have been added to the list on the ‘Articles in ‘Peregrine’ webpage.
Copies of ‘Peregrine’ can be bought from the Manx Wildlife Trust shop in Peel or the Bridge Bookshop in Port Erin, or obtained by post from Anne Kaye, Cronk-ny-Ollee, Glen Chass, Port St Mary, Isle of Man, IM9 5PL. The price in either case is £8.50, inclusive of postage where applicable.
Back numbers of certain editions are also available from Anne Kaye – see the details on the ‘Articles in ‘Peregrine’ webpage. The prices for back numbers has been reduced, so if you are missing any old copies, why not see if you can fill in the gaps now?
The Manx Ornithological Society is aiming to publish another edition of ‘Peregrine’ this autumn, to help catch up with the backlog of annual bird reports.
The old farm buildings are the home of the Calf of Man Bird Observatory. Photo: Mark Fitzpatrick, 18 Sept 2013
Sightings of birds on the Calf of Man have now been added to the Manx BirdLife website. Observations currently cover the period from when the season opened on 14th March up to 27th July.
Details of other wildlife (including mammals, butterflies and lizards) are also included for 14th March to 21st June.
As further observations become available, they will be added.
A link to each week’s sightings is included in the regular weekly summary message. Alternatively go to the Calf of Man sightings 2014 webpage and then select the relevant weeks.
For more information about the Calf of Man, see the main Calf of Man webpage.