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 Subalpine 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 south side just east of the Fire Station and west of the Health Centre. The postcode is NR26 8RT. There is some parking onsite (use the entrance just to the left of the hall), with parking in nearby roads including Cremer's Drift. Cars can also be parked behind the St Andrew’s Methodist Church (opposite St Joseph’s). If you choose to use Tesco's car park note that there is a time limit. Alternatively the council car park near the roundabout is free after 6pm. The entrance in to the hall itself is at the back at the left hand end of the two halls in a door that is a little hidden.