Join migration watch and see birds flock

Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve (NNR) has put together a series of events to celebrate the amazing spectacle of bird migration in autumn and winter.

Sunday, 16th October 2016, 12:42 pm
Updated Tuesday, 25th October 2016, 7:49 pm
Brent Geese by Ian Cook

The reserve, which stretches from Cheswick Black Rocks in the north to Budle Bay in the south, is vitally important to many different bird species. Come autumn there are up 50,000 birds – including half the world’s population of light-bellied Brent geese, who fly in from the high Arctic to use the reserve to feed and rest over the winter months.

A series of three Migration Watch events are planned during the last week of October, which are aimed at giving visitors a chance to learn about and view some of the thousands of over-wintering water fowl and waders.

The first of the events is aimed at children and will take place at the Window on Wild Lindisfarne on Holy Island, on Saturday, October 22.

There will be games and crafts for children of all ages telling some of the amazing migration stories, drop in between noon and 2pm.

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Lindisfarne NNR Reserve Warden Mhairi Maclauchlan said: “Migration Watch is a great opportunity to learn more about this amazing spectacle, which happens every year. Everyone is welcome at our Migration Watch events, you don’t have to be a birding expert.”