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NEW! Tribute to Antony Wainwright. added 11.08.14

It is with great shock and deep sadness that it was announced early on Monday, 11th August 2014, that county birder Antony Wainwright had been found dead the preceding Monday.

Antony will be remembered as a Rumworth Lodge regular during the 1990's, where he went on to find the county's first record of Marsh Warbler, in May 1996. He was integral in the development of the county recording system during that period and in 2014 took over as the BTO Breeding Bird Survey Organiser for the county. He will, as a birder, perhaps be best remembered for his remarkable find of a singing Greenish Warbler at Turton Golf Course, Lancashire in June 2013; a bird which many hundreds of birders from across the UK travelled to enjoy. Birding aside, Antony was one of the world's leading golf course ecologists and was a married father of two children.

On behalf of the Greater Manchester Bird Recording Group and all its members, our sincerest sympathies and deepest condolences go out to his family.

Antony Wainwright (far right) at the Turton Greenish Warbler twitch, June 2013 (image by John Barlow)


NEW! Greater Manchester seeks a new BTO Regional Representative. added 30.07.14

After 11 years, including a rather exhausting spell as Atlas Organiser, I have decided to step down from the post of BTO Regional Representative for the Manchester region. My resignation will become effective in September when I have tidied up the loose ends of the 2014 surveys. My Assistant Regional Rep., Steve Atkins, has been a great help, particularly with atlas allocation, record validation and recruitment of new members, but he doesn't feel able, given his workload as Assistant County Recorder, to take on the role of Regional Rep. himself, therefore we are seeking someone to take over from me.

Dawn Balmer at BTO HQ summed up the key skills required: good organiser, use a computer, good communicator, know the region.

More formally, the BTO website lists the main areas of responsibility:

Organising and co-ordination of BTO surveys at local level through the network of BTO members and other volunteer fieldworkers.
First point of contact with BTO members and survey volunteers.
Liaison with local bird clubs and similar groups.
Recruitment of new survey volunteers at local level.
Recruitment of BTO members.

The BTO's biggest annual survey, the Breeding Bird Survey, is organised by Antony Wainwright, which reduces the workload considerably.

If you are interested and would like to know more, don't hesitate to get in touch (e-mail: or phone: 01457 836360)

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the hundreds of people who have helped with BTO surveys during my time in the post. I've got to know so many dedicated birdwatchers and made many good friends who have made the job both enjoyable and rewarding.


Steve Suttill