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Flamborough Migration Foot-it Challenge

Richard Baines

fboSeeing birds using habitat which you have helped create is a great feeling! Flamborough Bird Observatory (FBO) has an active team of conservation volunteers working hard to create and conserve land for birds and other wildlife.

Over the two months of September and October 2014 I will be setting out on a sponsored challenge to see or hear as many species of birds as possible within the FBO area east of (and including) Danes Dyke. The wonderful world of a ‘foot it’ challenge means for a species to be counted I must leave and return on foot to my base home near the Lighthouse! This is the ultimate local patch birding designed with maximum benefit for birds and zero carbon impact (apart from the extra CO² wheezing out of my lungs as I run for those rarities).

How Can You Help?

My target is to raise funds to Richard Bainesenable us to improve habitat and resources for visitors in the famous Old Fall woodland and at Thornwick Pools. At Old Fall we need to manage the willows on the edge of the wood, increase the amount of sunlight getting to the pond by enhancing the glade inside the wood and plant more shrubs to improve opportunities for birds to feed lower down below the canopy.  At Thornwick Pool we need to relocate the hide further back from its current position to create more mud for waders and manage the vegetation in front of the hide. All this work requires tools such as strimmers to be used by volunteers or we need to pay contractors to do the work. The more funds we have in the conservation kitty the more we can do and you can be sure every penny goes to improving habitat for wildlife!

If you would like to donate please email me richard.baines@yorkshirecoastnature.co.uk or at fborecords@hotmail.com. Every penny goes directly to the projects! I will be posting regular updates on the FBO web site fbo.co.uk so keep checking back to follow my progress.

Thornwick Pool: bringing visitors, helping people encounter nature and benefiting from investment in conservation

Thornwick Pool: bringing visitors, helping people encounter nature and benefiting from investment in conservation

Juvenile Little Egret. This young is currently visiting Thornwick Pool

Juvenile Little Egret. This young is currently visiting Thornwick Pool

Juvenile Wood Sandpiper and Ruff give stunning views on Thornwick Pond. By Dave Aitken

Juvenile Wood Sandpiper and Ruff give stunning views on Thornwick Pond. By Dave Aitken