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Natural Ambassadors Sunderland Point

Morecambe Bay Partnership is seeking friendly, approachable volunteers to help protect the Bay’s birds.

You could play an important role in helping to inform and inspire people about the birds of Morecambe Bay.

To find out more, come along to a workshop on Tuesday 24 September, 19:00 – 21:00 at Over Kellet Village Hall, Church Bank, Over Kellet, Carnforth, LA6 1DU. The workshop will introduce what being a ‘Natural Ambassador’ involves, as well as identifying wintering birds and their ecology. Equipment and materials will be provided. Places are limited so advanced booking by Friday 20th September 2019 is essential. Visit www.morecambebay.org.uk to reserve your place or telephone 01539 734 888. Lots more training will be available to all ‘Natural Ambassadors’.

Amy Hopley, Nature and Wildlife Officer at Morecambe Bay Partnership said ‘This is an exciting opportunity for people to use their knowledge and enthusiasm to inspire others to care for birds. This is a great project with a really positive impact, helping to protect the Bay’s birds and giving people the opportunity to recognise what a special place for wildlife Morecambe Bay is. The ‘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 they don’t know about? ‘

Every Autumn and Winter, thousands of waders and wildfowl use Morecambe Bay as a vital stop-off to rest and refuel to survive the winter. Many people are unaware of how important the Bay is for wildfowl and waders. As a result, sadly the Bay’s birds are often frightened away from their feeding and roosting grounds, wasting vital energy stores that they need to survive the winter months in the process.

Morecambe Bay Partnership is spreading the word that the Bay is a special place for wildlife. ‘Natural Ambassadors’ will show members of the public the birds through telescopes and inspire them to care for our wildlife by keeping a safe distance from roosting birds. ‘Natural Ambassadors’ will play a vital role in helping people to enjoy the coast, whilst avoiding disturbing the birds.

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