BTO Contacts in Northern Ireland
The Northern Ireland team's role is to develop the presence of the BTO in Northern Ireland, and particularly to assist the voluntary representatives to find enough volunteers, with the necessary skills, to undertake the key bird monitoring surveys in the province.
Regional Representatives (RRs) in Northern Ireland
There is an RR role for each county in Northern Ireland. The RRs are charged with finding volunteers within their county, and then liaising with them about each of the surveys that needs to be undertaken. They support volunteers and BTO members by answering queries, giving talks and encouraging participation.
Currently Fermanagh and Tyrone are looked after by the same RR, but we would like to find another RR for Tyrone. Our RR for Co. Down retired recently and so we are looking for a suitable replacement there as well.
BBS Regional Organisers (BBS ROs)
In two Northern Ireland counties there are Regional Organisers who support volunteers taking part in the Breeding Bird Survey. In other counties the RR deals with BBS.
- Antrim - Kevin Mawhinney (kevin.mawhinney [at] btinternet.com)
- Down - Alastair McIlwain (alimcilwain [at] icloud.com)
The organisation of the heronries Census throughout Northern Ireland is looked after just one person, Ian Enlander (ian.enlander1 [at] hotmail.com).
Garden BirdWatch (GBW)
The promotion of GBW throughout Northern Ireland is looked after by our GBW Ambassador, Mark Beal (mark_beal [at] icloud.com).
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