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Filey Bird Observatory and Group

Filey Bird Observatory and Group

Bird Observatories 

A bird observatory is a place which conducts long-term monitoring of bird populations and migration. Individual observatories are located at prime migration points where a daily census is taken in a defined recording area. An integral part of observatory work is bird ringing, undertaken within the national British scheme coordinated by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO). This provides data for guiding conservation policies. The Observatories encourage volunteers to participate in scientific studies of birds and the environment. The results of these studies and more general information are made freely available to researchers and to the public who are welcome to visit.

Filey Bird Observatory & Group (FBOG) aims include the recording and studying of Filey’s birds, and protecting and enhancing local habitats for wildlife (including ownership and management of several nature reserves). Our work is entirely voluntary and reliant on our membership and their generosity. Members receive a range of benefits, as well as regular newsletters, the annual report, and the satisfaction of helping the study and protection of local wildlife. Click FBOG to see the web site, learn how to become a member and read the daily bird sightings.

YCN Bird Guide Mark Pearson works as the Communication Officer for FBOG. Mark also co-ordinates and writes for the superb BFOG annual report, avalable by clicking here

Wold Ecology Senior Ecologist and YCN Naturalist Daniel Lombard is the Bird Ringer in charge at the Observatory. Dan spends many hours dedicated to conservation and bird ringing in the Observatory area.   

YCN Director Richard Baines is the current Conservation Officer (voluntary) for Filey Bird Observatory and Group (FBOG). Richard joins a team of four Conservation Team Officers: Sue Hull, Ian Robinson, Daniel Lombard and Mark Pearson (Communications).

Richard donates his time to designing and project managing schemes which benefit wildlife, giving time to write and design grant applications and help publicise the work of FBOG through writing articles and Social Media.