Last April our Digital Officer Andrew helped out on a bird survey on Hadrian’s Wall. Find out why we conduct bird surveys and how you can get involved.
As Digital Officer for the National Park, I spend the majority of my time wrangling websites and social media accounts. Although I’m the person who’s able to promote some of the gems of the area, I’m not necessarily able to visit them all myself.
Posting stories of the practical work of our team; from pathway repairs to peat conservation, dark skies events to guided walks often has me yearning to be able to get out and get hands-on in the Park. In April last year, I was able to do just that. Taking part in one of our important bird surveys alongside Project Officer Abi.
The week, up until our survey had been bleak; overcast and icy. However, as we made our way to Longsyke Farm on that April morning, we were greeted with beautiful blue skies. After meeting with the landowners, we made our way around a pre-planned route on the lookout for wading birds. Armed with a spotter scope and binoculars with made regular stops, scanning the horizon and identifying bird calls, marking them on our site map.
Over our three-hour survey, we were lucky enough to spot curlew, oystercatcher, pied wagtail, skylark swallow and more. Being able to disconnect from my regular routine and assist the work on the National Park in a completely different way was fantastic. At the end of the survey we reached a vantage point and spent a while looking through the scope whilst drinking from our flasks of tea.
Spending time with Abi and learning more about the important species that make Northumberland their home was a great experience. I look forward to helping out again this year. And you can too! We are currently recruiting new volunteers to help us with our survey work.
Find out more information about this important project below; including training dates and how to get in touch.