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Spring Into Action - Take Part In Migration Watch

On 1 March the British Trust for Ornithology and BirdWatch Ireland launched Migration Watch, a new Internet-based project to gather information on the arrival and movements of summer migrants.

Spring Into Action - Take Part In Migration WatchOn 1 March the British Trust for Ornithology and BirdWatch Ireland launched Migration Watch, a new Internet-based project to gather information on the arrival and movements of summer migrants.Some of the first species to arrive will be Wheatear, Sand Martin, Chiffchaff, Swallow, Garganey and Little Ringed Plover. Birdwatchers on the south coasts of England and Ireland are likely to record the first migrants, but we are particularly interested to discover how quickly these birds move northwards and occupy sites throughout the country. An estimated 16 million birds are likely to arrive in Britain and Ireland during spring migration!Birdwatchers in Britain and Ireland will be able to log on to the BTO website (http://www.bto.org) and report their sightings of migrant birds as they arrive after their long journey from winter quarters in Africa. Specially designed web pages will record information from birdwatchers on the species seen, date and location and overnight the powerful computer system will generate new maps and graphs to show the progression of migrants. The web pages will be updated daily in an attempt to keep up with the migrants!Interested volunteers can find out more by looking at the BTO website or by sending an e-mail to migrationwatch@bto.orgFunding for Migration Watch has come from BTO members and supporters and from Northumbrian Water Ltd.For further information please contact:
Dawn Balmer or Graham Appleton.
BTO, The Nunnery, Thetford, Norfolk, IP24 2PU. Tel: 01842 750050.
E-mail: dawn.balmer@bto.org or graham.appleton@bto.org
At other times: Chris Mead: 01760 756466 or chris.mead@zetnet.co.uk

4th July 2014