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