Northern Ireland Seabird Co-ordinator
In February 2013 Kerry Leonard was appointed to the part-time role of Northern Ireland Seabird Co-ordinator. This British Trust for Ornithology post is funded by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency. His primary role will be:
- To encourage and co-ordinate seabird surveyors in Northern Ireland, particularly volunteers, to get greater coverage, and gather more information on, breeding seabirds in Northern Ireland.
- Work with NGOs and other groups managing seabird breeding sites.
- To develop a standardised register of all seabird breeding sites in Northern Ireland.
- To make sure that the data is submitted to the relevant government agencies (NIEA and JNCC) to help with seabird population monitoring and conservation.
- Encourage more seabird research and projects in Northern Ireland.
- Look towards how the next national census of UK seabirds might be organised in Northern Ireland.
- Produce a detailed written report on breeding seabirds in Northern Ireland.
The Seabird Co-ordinator works with local seabird surveyors who come together to form the Northern Ireland Seabird Surveyor Network. The activities of the Co-ordinator and Network are overseen by a Seabird Monitoring Steering Group comprised of local seabird experts.