***NOTE CHANGE OF DATE ***
Due to the increasingly dire weather forecast for Saturday 8th, we have taken the decision to move the event to SUNDAY 9TH MAY when we stand more chance of seeing some bird life and less chance of getting soaked or blown away.

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We are planning to run our Big Sit event this year, although from fewer locations than in previous years, and in line with Government COVID requirements. We hope that members will also want to participate in their own static Home Big Sits as well and log their records on the website with 'BIG SIT' in the notes section.

The event coincides with Global Big Day and we hope that if you are birdwatching on this day you log as many of your records as possible on the club website from your walks, your garden potterings or other activities. We will be entering an NENBC 'Team' on the eBird website for Global Big Day with our combined results from the public Big Sit sites and all your records from your walks and home sightings during the day so don't forget to get posting! Last year 120,000+ checklists were submitted from 175 countries as part of this event and additionally funds were raised for protecting migrating birds.

If you do fancy popping out to one of our public BIG SIT sites, current confirmed sites are:

FELBRIGG PARK with Trevor Williams from 5:30am through to dusk (advance booking with NT if using their car park req'd). Base camp will be overlooking the lake.

BEESTON COMMON with Andy Clarke from 0700am until the weather gets the best of us. We will be watching from the old pill-box on Beeston Common (at TG 16415 42030; birthdays.force.bends), looking both north towards the sea and south towards the ridge (and also sideways for anything flying over the common).

WEYBOURNE CAMP with Moss Taylor from 7:00am until 10:00am, but possibly longer depending on conditions. Strictly 5 additional attendees only on the Camp from 6:50am (so booking essential via Carol) and base camp will be to the east of the new scrape. You will probably be able to see the group from the beach side of the fence but unable to join them from there on this occasion.

HOLT LOWES with Lin Pateman and gang from 5:30am until lunchtime at least. Parking is either at Holt Country Park car park or the field before the main car park. From Holt Country Park car park (where there is a charge), follow the path from there past the pond and go through the gate into the Lowes and you will be at a high point where you can look across to find them Alternatively, if you park in the field before the main car park, the entrance is on the right on the Edgefield side of the main Holt Road. We will set up our base camp (chairs and scopes) on a high point (TG086373) situated right of the stile which is at the bottom of the field overlooking the Lowes

PLEASE CONTACT US ON nenbc@aol.co.uk IF YOU WANT TO TAKE PART

The Rule of 6 will still apply at these static sites. We won't formally be taking bookings for those of you popping along to see how we are doing but if you are planning to come along to spend some time on the sites recording birds, please do let us know in advance when you think you would be participating. If we have more than 6 at any one time, we anticipate being able to send 'spotters' out and away from our Big Sit circle to feed back any potential sightings for the recorders to get on to and meet the Rule of 6 requirements that way. We might even be trying out a bit of noc-migging on the day!

The aim of the Big Sit is to record as many species as possible from a chosen 17-feet diameter circle in a 24 hour period, though realistically most members take part between dawn and dusk. From doing the Big Sit we hope to gain valuable data about visible migration and the birds in our area. We are also on a mission to exceed our species totals from previous years and we’ll let you know how we fared when we publish the results in the June newsletter.