This will be the fourth Coordinated Seawatch organised by the NENBC, and the third held in October. All the previous events have been well supported and most importantly enjoyed by all the participants, so do please come along to whichever venue you fancy. Facilities vary at each location, so a list of the equipment you might need is shown below. We’d really like to see as many of you as possible so here’s a quick reminder about the plan for the day and the reasons for doing a coordinated seawatch around the coast of the NENBC recording area. The objects of this survey are:
1. To introduce NENBC members to the joys of seawatching.
2. To help NENBC members improve their skill at identifying birds in flight at sea.
3. To map the likely route of wildfowl, seabirds and waders as they fly around the coast.
4. To estimate the speed of flight of some of the species recorded.
5. To assess the effect of weather conditions and tide on the rate and timing of passage.
Locations and leads are listed below. There is no need to book but if you want to let the leads know to expect you, please drop them a note. Emails and some mobile numbers of the leads are provided below but be aware that phone reception at the sites may not be good. To get the most out of the event, we’d advise coming along for the whole 3 hours but ‘part timers’ will always be welcome at any point! You may want to bring the following with you:
• A folding chair each, rather than standing for 3+ hours!
• If you have a telescope and tripod do bring them along, as well as your bins.
• A flask of hot drink and a snack may be a good idea.
• Waterproof and warm clothing if the weather looks inclement.
• Maybe an ID book.
We will be recording the number and species of all the birds we see and the direction they are flying for each 10 minute period throughout the 3 hour time frame.
Locations and Directions:
Lead: Moss Taylor
Meet at Muckleburgh Collection entrance by the tank by 7:00am as the site of the seawatch is on private land and visitors will need to be escorted in. For those arriving later, park at the council car park on the beach at Weybourne and walk along the beach to the left. The fishermen’s gate will be open and you can join the team on foot.
Lead: Andy Clarke
Meet in the seating area on the top of the promenade shelter (the 'sea-watch shelter') at The Leas by 7:15am. We will then decide whether to watch from on top (if the weather is good) or from the shelter below (if the weather is poor).
Lead: Janice Darch
Meet outside Seaview Café at 7:15am. The café, which is open from 9am) overlooks the sea at the end of Water Lane, and there is a car park opposite, on the left (£3, but discount available to NENBC members with ID cards). If the car park is closed, please park sensibly in West Runton and walk down Water Lane to the meeting point. Postcode for the café is NR27 9QP.
Leads: Tim & Dawn Wright
Meet at the Marrams Shelter on the cliff top from 7:15 am onwards. To find this go to the junction of Runton Road with Macdonald Road and take the paved path directly opposite the end of Macdonald Road (walking north towards the sea). The shelter is then right in front of you and only a few strides west of the top of the ‘ZigZag’. It has various paintings of local scenes on it.
Leads: Lin Pateman & Phil Borley
Meet at the Beach Road shelter by 7:30am. This is situated on the front, behind the green, opposite the beach café where there is a little row of shops and a small pay & display car park next door. Nearest sat nav is NR11 8BG, Map Ref: TG313367. Going east along Beach Road, it is past the Manor Hotel and before the Ship Inn.
Lead: Trevor Williams
Meet by 7:15am at the Beach Road Car Park. Postcode for sat nav is NR12 0PP. Parking approx £4.80 for 3+ hours but there are other free car parks a 20 min walk away. Alternatively join us at any point at the sea watch location, reached by walking along the track northwards (left and then right out of the car park).