NOTE THAT THIS TALK WILL BE AT ST JOSEPH'S CHURCH HALL IN SHERINGHAM AND NOT AT THE USUAL AYLMERTON VENUE. Steve Stansfield has spent his adult life working at Bird Observatories, initially at Sandwich Bay from 1990 to 1993, before moving to North Ronaldsay until 1998. He left North Ronaldsay and took up his current post on Bardsey and has just completed his 22nd year there.
Steve is currently the Chairman of the British and Irish Bird Observatories Council which oversees the work of the Observatories. An avid birder from a very young age has given Steve the background knowledge for one of his other roles as chair of the Welsh Birds Rarities Committee, which he has been a member of for 12 years and chair for the last six.
Bardsey, the island of 20,000 saints is a spiritual Mecca for both Christians and Birders alike. Bardsey has seen just over 330 species recorded from the island, the majority making landfall but species such as Black-browned Albatross and Fea’s Petrel were seen just passing! Other rare and scarce birds seen in recent times have included regular Greenish and Subslpine Warblers, Britain’s sixth records of Cretzschmar’s bunting and Western Orphean Warbler, as well as a history of getting excellent numbers and variety of common birds.
St Joseph’s Hall is along the A149 Cromer Road, on the north side just east of the Fire Station and west of the Health Centre. The post-code is NR26 8RT. There is some parking on-site, with limited parking in nearby roads. Cars can also be parked behind the St Andrew’s Methodist Church (opposite St Joseph’s), and at a convenient nearby supermarket (just east of the roundabout).