By Mike Archer, Mark Grantham, Peter Howlett, Steven Stansfield

Fowl observatories are learn stations confirmed often for the learn of migration, really through ringing. There at the moment are 18 scattered round the Britain and eire at key issues on migration routes, on coastal promontories or small islands. a part of their charm is the average incidence of rarities which are chanced on every year at those observatories. Written through wardens and ringers from every one place, chook Observatories of england and eire is a well timed new version of 1 of the earliest Poyser titles. It comprises specific insurance of the historical past, place, habitats and ornithological curiosity of every observatory, together with summaries and tables of noteworthy occasions.

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Looking south-west from the top of the Lly ̂n peninsula across the Sound towards Bardsey (Peter Howlett). Bardsey 33 The island Aligned roughly on a north–south axis, the island is almost three kilometres at its longest and one kilometre at its widest, and the irregular shape can be divided into two main areas. The South End is a low-lying roughly oval area of land, whilst the North End is roughly rectangular, consisting of lowland fields in the west and the Mountain in the east. These areas are joined by the Narrows, an isthmus which, at its narrowest, is less than 30 metres wide.

The main objects of the observatory were the study of natural history, in particular to monitor birds and migration, and to help conserve the island’s flora and fauna, and encourage an intelligent interest in nature, particularly amongst young people. The observatory has been based at Cristin since 1953 and the buildings enjoy stunning views out over the Irish Sea and to the south end of the island. The house itself is a rather grand building and was once home to two of the island’s families. It was inhabited by as many as 20 people, in the days when islanders had to row for up to five days to Liverpool to sell their produce and bring back essential supplies.

The only other American thrush to have been recorded on the island was a stunning male American Robin in 2004. The excitement which followed is hopefully conveyed in these notes I made shortly after the event. Bardsey 45 I had been told by one of the island residents that she had seen a ‘female thrush’ feeding in her garden, but I did not have time to go and look for it. I left the island later that day to attend an observatory council meeting the following weekend. The following morning David Barnden called me on my mobile just as I was eating breakfast at a local bed and breakfast.

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