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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Calf of Man webpage updated

The observatory is located in the old farmhouse, in the centre of the island

The observatory is located in the old farmhouse, in the centre of the island

The Calf of Man webpage on this website has now been updated.

Management and visitor information has been brought up to date, with links added to the new online accommodation booking website.

A link has been added to the Manx Government’s iMuseum, through which it is possible to access copies of the Calf of Man Bird Observatory reports from 1959 to 1966 and from 1968 to 2006.

Lastly a link to a fascinating short film clip of Einar and Dido Brun from 1959 has been included.

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Manx bird sightings for week ending 30th March 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 ‘March’, then clicking on ‘30th’.

The total number of species reported in 2014 by the end of this week was 118. Five species were reported for the first time in 2014 during this week: Cuckoo, Iceland Gull, Sand Martin, Sandwich Tern and Swallow.  See 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.

Thank you to everyone who has sent in their observations. Please continue to send in your observations and photographs using this form.

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Isle of Man bird sightings for week ending 23rd March 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 ‘March’, then clicking on ‘23rd’.

The total number of species reported in 2014 by the end of this week was 113. One species were reported for the first time in 2014 during this week: Red Grouse.  See 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.

Thank you to everyone who has sent in their observations and photographs. Please continue to send in your observations and photographs using this form.

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Week ending 16th March 2014 – bird reports from 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 ‘March’, then clicking on ‘16th’.

The total number of species reported in 2014 by the end of this week was 112. Six species were reported for the first time in 2014 during this week: Osprey, Whimbrel, Long-eared Owl, Wheatear, Magpie and Rook.  See 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.

Thank you to everyone who has sent in their observations and photographs. Please continue to send in your observations and photographs using this form.

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The breeding season is upon us – please give wildlife a chance

Many resident birds are already holding territories and nest building. Some species may even have laid their eggs or hatched their young. Migrant birds are now flooding back into the Isle of Man and will also be nesting soon. As birdwatchers we need to give birds the best chance possible to breed successfully.

The following species have additional special protection under the Wildlife Act 1990 (Variation Of Schedules) Order 2004 and it is an offence to disturb birds listed on Schedule 1 of the Wildlife Act, whilst they are at the nest, or to destroy the nest of any wild bird. Remember, once a protected wild bird has begun to build a nest, that nest is protected.

  • Bittern
  • Bullfinch
  • Corn Bunting
  • Reed Bunting
  • Buzzard
  • Honey Buzzard
  • Rough-legged Buzzard
  • Chough
  • Corncrake
  • Spotted Crake
  • Common Crane
  • Crossbills (all species)
  • Curlew
  • Dipper
  • Turtle Dove
  • Golden Eagle
  • White-tailed Eagle
  • Little Egret
  • Falcons (all species)
  • Spotted Flycatcher
  • Gadwall
  • Garganey
  • Geese (all species)
  • Goshawk
  • Little Grebe
  • Harriers (all species)
  • Purple Heron
  • Kingfisher
  • Black Kite
  • Red Kite
  • Lapwing
  • Sand Martin
  • Nightjar
  • Osprey
  • Ring Ouzel
  • Owl (all species)
  • Storm Petrel
  • Pintail
  • Tree Pipit
  • Golden Plover
  • Little Plover
  • Ringed Plover
  • Common Quail
  • Black Redstart
  • Common Redstart
  • Common Sandpiper
  • Scaup
  • Shag
  • Manx Shearwater
  • Shelduck
  • Shoveler
  • Skylark
  • Jack Snipe
  • House Sparrow
  • Tree Sparrow
  • Sparrowhawk
  • Spoonbill
  • Starling
  • Bewick’s Swan
  • Whooper Swan
  • Swift
  • Tern (all species)
  • Song Thrush
  • Bearded Tit
  • Twite
  • Grasshopper Warbler
  • Water Rail
  • Whinchat
  • Yellowhammer

So please take care when birdwatching. If a bird reacts to your presence you may be near its nest or young, in which case please leave the area as soon and as safely as possible. Photography of Schedule 1 birds without a licence also counts as disturbance, so unless you are licensed please do not do so.

Certain protected species may be at higher risk from deliberate illegal damage to nests, or theft of eggs or young; during the breeding season we will therefore not publish details of locations of these species. All records submitted will continue to be recorded with the details kept confidential.

Thank you for your understanding with this and your support for Manx bird life.

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