A sea bird identification workshop has been arranged for Thursday 10th October from 7.30pm at Aylmerton Village Hall, in preparation for our coordinated seawatch event being held two days later on Saturday 12th October from 7.30am to 10.30am at a variety of coastal sites in the NENBC area.

The workshop evening will be divided into two parts:

• An introduction by Andy Clarke on what is a seabird, the rationale behind a coordinated seawatch, the results of the surveys from the last two years and the organisation of this year’s seawatch.

• The field identification of the commonest birds likely to be seen during the coordinated seawatch by Moss Taylor. This will cover the identification of birds in flight, grouping the birds by similar characteristics rather than taxonomical classification for ease of ID.

We hope to see many of you at this stand-alone ID workshop and that it will inspire you to come along and join in with our seawatch event to try out your practical skills. The locations for the seawatch will be published later this month so keep an eye on the website and in next month’s newsletter.