YOC - The Sparrowhawk

The talk at the York Ornithological Club's March meeting is being given by Professor Ian Newton on The Sparrowhawk. Professor Newton is a world expert on birds of prey and migration. He is also Chairman of Council of the BTO and a past Chairman of the RSPB Council.

The meeting is on Tuesday 1st March at 7.30 p.m. at the Friends' Meeting House on Friargate, York.

Winter Bird Atlas final push

There are only a few days left now before the end of the last winter season for the Bird Atlas.

There's still time to put some more dots on the maps over this weekend. Please have a look at what's missing using the 'priority squares' and see what's already recorded in your patch with the 'any square summary' features on the website. Perhaps you have already got records in your notebooks that fill the gaps?

It's easy to submit records through BirdTrack or the Atlas website's Roving Records forms.

A big thank you to everyone who has been involved already.

Hands across countries...wings across the world.

The new reserve office and base at Bank Island has been opened today, as part of World Wetlands Day, by the Lord Mayor of York. There's an article in the The Press today here - http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/8827011.York_bird_watching_facility_set_to_open/?ref=mr.

A message was sent around the world to the 26 countries where birds have been known to move to and from the Lower Derwent Valley from ringing.

There is a free family fun weekend on Saturday and Sunday, 5th and 6th February from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm.

When you visit, why not look out for some of those missing species from SE64 for the Bird Atlas?