Chair - Dr Lucy Wright
Lucy has had a lifelong interest in birds, with a particular passion for waders. She has been a bird ringer for 20 years and a ringing trainer for eight years. A PhD on Woodlarks led to a job as a Research Manager at BTO for several years before moving to the role of Principal Conservation Scientist at RSPB, researching how man-made developments, such as offshore wind farms, affect birds. Lucy is an Associate Editor for Bird Study.
Mr Sam Bayley
Sam has been a bird ringer since 2005 and a ringing trainer since 2013. Sam worked as a Ranger in England, for various organisations including the National Trust, before moving to Ireland, first to run Cape Clear Bird Observatory and then to work as a Research Assistant at University College Cork. Sam is now a Consultant Ecologist, Ornithologist and Conservation Land Manager. Sam is also a committee member for the Irish Ringers’ Conference.
Mrs Louise Clewley
Louise has been ringing since 2009, is a ringing trainer and also holds a cannon-netting endorsement. She has been involved in many ringing projects, both at home and abroad, working with groups in Africa, New Zealand, Sweden and North America. Louise works for the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust. She previously worked on Project Godwit and as a Warden at Welney before moving to a role as Reserve Manager at Martin Mere; she is now the Centre and Reserve Manager at Caerlaverock. Louise mainly rings wildfowl and waders.
Richard du Feu
Richard is a network engineer at Lancaster University where his primary role is improving service reliability and performance for students and researchers. The BTO has played a major part in Richard’s life since he was at school in the 1990s, and his involvement has mainly been through the Ringing Scheme on long term projects including a RAS on Sand Martins and wader monitoring around the UK. In 2017 Richard started colour ringing Knot on the Sefton coast, which is now producing interesting survival and movement data. He has also been involved with the monitoring of Red Knot and Horseshoe crab in Delaware Bay where adaptive management of crab harvest relies heavily on high quality data being collected throughout the migration period.
Roger first experienced ringing as a Voluntary Warden on Skomer Island 45 years ago. Subsequently, he spent time as Assistant Warden on the Farne Islands broadening his experience and then developing his skills and knowledge over the following years in the UK and abroad. For 35 years he followed a career in education which gave him a passion for training and development that he has since utilised as a Trainer. Since 2011 he has been involved in studying migrants and resident species in West Africa, participating and now leading the regular expeditions to Kartong Bird Observatory. He is passionate about seabirds and has been involved in leading trips to remote Scottish Islands as well as other islands around the British coast. Other long standing project work includes farmland birds, Barn Owls, Sand Martins and wetland birds.
BirdTrack migration blog (23rd-29th September)
Given the seemingly unfavourable conditions over the past week, it has been a pleasant surprise to see such a diverse range of species on the move.