Fair Isles Bird Observatory Re-Build Appeal

Click on the link to see the appeal letter

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At a committee meeting on Monday 24th August 2020 it was decided to cancel the remaining indoor talks and outdoor field trips for 2020.

The situation for 2021 will be reviewed towards the end of 2020

The monthly newsletter will continue to be published. If you have interesting sightings or feel that you could write a short article on a birding topic then please send the material to the NNBC email address :

The club’s Facebook site will also keep you up to date about local birding.

Natural England Lindisfarne Reserve

Would you like to help to keep an eye on some of the most sensitive of the breeding birds on the reserve this spring/early summer – a morning or afternoon a week?

The Little Terns and the Ringed Plover need your help.

Please get in touch with Andrew Craggs – Senior Warden for the reserve – for more information at

The Breeding Bird Survey 2019docx

If you are interested in some practical birding which adds to the knowledge of birds in Northumberland please select the Breeding Bird Survey heading above

Rooks and Rookery Survey 2019 Please left click on the title “Rooks and Rookery Survey 2019”

National Willow Tit Survey
The RSPB and Rare Breeding Birds Panel are running a national Willow Tit survey in 2019 and 2020, and Mark Eaton (RSPB) is helping organise the survey within Northumberland. He is looking for birdwatchers willing and capable of surveying randomly selected tetrads, drawn from the current and recent distribution of Willow Tit in Northumberland, on two occasions between mid-February and mid-April. Most of the survey squares are in South Northumberland, but there are a reasonable scatter in the Mid and North too, right up to the Berwick area. Further detail on the survey can be found on the Rare Breeding Birds Panel website,
If you are interested, please contact Mark at

English Winter Bird Survey

In Partnership with Natural England and Defra, the BTO are organising a winter bird survey on the the exisiting Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) squares, prioritising farmland habitat.  Of the 100 BBS squares in the Northumberland BTO region, around half are priority squares.  A maximum of four visits is required, but if time and weather doesn’t facilitate this, two visits in January through to March will suffice.

If you are able to help or would like to know more please visit the BTO website, under volunteer surveys, or email me, Muriel Cadwallender, at  and I’ll send you a list of available squares.Rooks and Rookery Survey 2019