Willow Tit Survey - Free Training

Willow Tit at Pennington Flash (c) Martyn Jones 2016
The L.O.S. recording area is a bit of a stronghold for Willow Tits and there's some free training available for surveying and recording them at Three Sisters N.R. at a new date to be arranged.

Willow Tits can easily be found at Pennington Flash and the Wigan Flashes as well as on Astley Moss and Atherton Meadows.

The course is being run by Lancashire Wildlife Trust (LWT)in partnership with the GM Ecology Unit.

If you enjoy watching Willow Tits and would like to contribute to their conservation in Greater Manchester then this is an opportunity not to be missed.
Lancashire Wildlife Trust would like to invite you to be involved in a Willow Tit Survey Training Day which aims to standardise recording methodologies and gain habitat data from across our region. This will benefit long term planning for species recovery.
Willow Tits are suffering an alarming decline, with around 3,400 pairs remaining in the UK. The Great Manchester Wetlands Nature Improvement Area which extends across Wigan, Salford, Bolton and into Cheshire, holds around 10% of this number. We want to learn more about the population in our area. This will involve identifying suitable habitat and recording the presence or absence of Willow Tit. The aim is to build up a better picture of the region's populations. This will be done in conjunction with The Carbon Landscape Project and Greater Manchester Ecology Unit. The survey results will inform some very targeted habitat development work on existing Willow tit sites, and also be used to develop neighbouring sites, allowing populations to spread.
The training day is to be held at Three Sisters Lakeside Office, at a date still to be arranged  between 10am-3pm. You will need to bring a packed lunch, and suitable clothing for the weather on the day. 
If you are interested please contact LWT at The Lakeside office to book, on 01942 726214 or email Cheryl Knott on cknott@lancswt.org.uk

L.O.S. Open Day Video Slideshow

Just to finish off all our recent Open Day stuff, here's a video slideshow made from photographs taken by Alan Wilcox and myself:

L.O.S. Presentation - Friday 5th February 2016


This is the fourth in the series of a 'Shot at Wildlife Images' that Pauline and Ian have produced, and includes lots of superb images of birds, flowers, fungi, insects, mammals and some breathtaking landscapes. All taken on their travels round the UK.

After our L.O.S. Open Day we're on a roll, so don't miss this one on Friday 5th February (yes it's February this week!). Usual place, the Derby Room at Leigh Library, usual time 7:15pm to 9:30pm, usual bunch of friendly welcoming people.

Everyone is welcome, especially our new members who joined last Saturday.

L.O.S. Open Day Thank-you

Where do I start? 
At the L.O.S. Open Day today the Derby Room was alive with enthusiastic bird and nature lovers all enjoying each other's company, meeting new people, put faces to names and learning about the work done by our local people. And Facebook has carried it on tonight with so many wonderful comments about how enjoyable the whole experience was for those who attended.
There are so many people to thank it's an almost impossible task, so I'll just have to say 'Thank-you Everybody' to whoever was involved in today, from the team of L.O.S. Committee members who supported me in organising this event, to the exhibitors who brought such wonderful photos and information displays and not forgetting all the members of the public who turned out in force. It certainly was a memorable experience for me and the comments which have followed on Facebook have made it all worthwhile. 
Thanks again, EVERYBODY!
Martyn Jones

Open Day Programme - Saturday 30 January 2016

Here's a pdf file of the final version of the programme for our Open Day on Saturday 30 January 2016.

This is what it looks like if the link doesn't work for you (it folds down the middle!)