This will be the sixth Coordinated Seawatch organised by the NENBC, and the fifth held in October. All the previous events have been enjoyed by all the participants and although it will be a little different this time, PLEASE RESPECT AND ABIDE BY THE RESTRICTIONS WE ARE PUTTING IN PLACE to make this event as safe as possible and within the legal requirements.

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, we are only able to host groups of 6 people, including the leader, at each site and places will need to be reserved in advance. We will notify you of how to do this prior to the event. Social distancing will need to be observed and we obviously ask you not to attend if you have COVID symptoms or have been in contact with anyone who has. Listed below are the current sites where we hope to be running. If there is anyone out there confident enough to lead a group of 5 others at a different coastal location so that more people can participate, then please do get in touch.

1. Weybourne Camp – with Moss Taylor
2. Weybourne Beach – with Tony Forster
3. Sheringham Tank – with Phil Borley & Lin Pateman
4. West Runton – with Janice Darch
5. Cromer East Cliffs – with Trevor Williams
6. Mundesley Lifeboat Station – with Julian Thomas
7. Happisburgh – with Andy Clarke

Here’s a quick reminder about the reasons for doing a coordinated sea-watch around the coast of the NENBC recording area.

The objects of this survey are:

1. To introduce NENBC members to the joys of sea-watching.
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.

To get the most out of the event, we’d advise coming along for the whole 3 hours.

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, but remember we are advising NOT TO SHARE OPTICS with those outside of your household.
• 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 recommend carrying a hand sanitizer and face mask on your person.

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.