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 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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Manx Nature Conservation Forum: ‘Offshore wind – potential environmental risks, the UK experience’

Manx Nature Conservation Forum is organizing an open meeting entitled ‘Offshore wind – potential environmental risks, the UK experience’ at the iMuseum, Kingswood Grove, Douglas next Tuesday, 23rd July at 7:30pm. The speakers are Cathryn Hooper and Andrew Prior of Source Low Carbon. All welcome.

Norstec-Academy-Extends-Competition-Deadline[1]In recent years we have assisted to an incredible investment in developing Offshore windfarms in the UK and other northern countries of Europe in order to meet the 2020 renewable objectives. Offshore windfarms tend to be less problematic in terms of public opinion but that dosen’t mean they are impact free.

Birds and marine mammals are believed to be the two groups more likely to suffer with offshore windfarms. The first, due to collision during flight and the second because of the noise produced by the turbines as well as the electromagnetic field created when producing and transporting electricity that can influence the marine mammals’ navigation.

When built in the wrong places, like migratory flyways, in and off shore wind farms can have a devastating impact. Some early examples of these man-made structures have left a bad reputation but a lot has been learned since then. Please come a long and find out how we can have greener electricity with minimal impact on wildlife.

The Manx Nature Conservation Forum is a body which brings together countryside and wildlife organisations for constructive dialogue and information sharing. Manx BirdLife is a member of the Forum.

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Week ending 6th July – birds seen 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 ‘6th’.

The total number of species reported in 2014 by the end of this week remains 146, 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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Manx BirdLife newsletter No. 5 – now emailed

Manx BirdLife Newsletter No. 5 - online

Manx BirdLife Newsletter No. 5 – online

Today we emailed the Manx BirdLife newsletter No. 5 to all our subscribers.

If  you haven’t subscribed, click here, enter your name and email address and click on ‘Subscribe’.

A few of the email addresses added by subscribers are no longer valid. We will attempt to update them where possible, but if you have previously subscribed using an email address that is no longer in use, you would be advised to re-subscribe.

The aim of the newsletter is to bring everyone up-to-date with the work of Manx BirdLife on the Isle of Man. We hope you find it informative.

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