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Natural Ambassadors for the Bay’s Birds – volunteers needed for Walney Island

[M]orecambe Bay Partnership is seeking volunteers to help inform and inspire people about the thousands of waders and wildfowl that use Morecambe Bay as a vital stop-off during the autumn and winter months.

A day workshop on Saturday 20th January on Walney Island will tell people about the Natural Ambassadors project and how they can help inspire and enthuse people who use the Bay about the Bay’s fantastic bird population.

Many people don’t realise what an incredibly wonderful and important place Morecambe Bay is for wildfowl and waders, and the Partnership is hoping to change that, with the help of ‘Natural Ambassador’ volunteers. The volunteers will join a growing number of Natural Ambassadors who are already active and out around the Bay in all weathers, showing regular users and visitors to the Bay the wide array of birds and guiding people as to the best ways to avoid disturbing the birds.

Training on coastal bird identification and ecology will be provided as part of the workshop, with equipment and materials provided. The morning will be spent learning about the project and our approach, with a session on the ecology of coastal birds to help get you warmed up. Then you’ll go out and about to look at a high tide roost and talk about how Natural ambassadors can help.

Annabelle Kennedy, Natural Heritage Officer at Morecambe Bay Partnership said “This is fabulous opportunity for people to really make a difference, and inspire and enthuse others that use the Bay regularly.  Natural Ambassadors will learn new skills, meet new people, and make a worthwhile difference to the understanding and appreciation of the Bay’s birds. After all, how can people care about something that they know little about?”

Join the training workshop on Saturday 20th January 2018 9.30am (to 4pm) on Walney Island (venue to be confirmed). Booking is essential – visit www.morecambebay.org.uk/events for more information and to book.

This project is being delivered as part of the Heritage Lottery Funded ‘Headland to Headspace’ Scheme, which is offering a whole host of volunteering and community activities to help conserve, understand and celebrate Morecambe Bay’s rich natural and cultural heritage.

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