Manx Wildlife Trust’s latest season on the Calf of Man is over after the wardens left over the weekend. The Calf has been a bird observatory and nature reserve for over six decades and MWT is contracted to operate the Calf of Man Bird Observatory, with seasonal ornithological and estate wardens resident on the island.
The wardens’ activities on the Calf include monitoring bird populations through bird ringing and breeding counts. Since 1959, over 275,000 birds, of 184 species have been ringed and this data set has provided valuable information on migration patterns and contributed to our understanding of bird population changes.
You can found out more about what they’ve up to this year at a special talk entitled ‘Work on the Calf’ on Thursday November 18 in Ramsey. Manx Wildlife Trust’s Marine Officer, Dr Lara Howe, and Calf of Man Ornithological Warden, Aron Sapsford, will talk about the work that goes on behind the scenes and the records they keep. Lara will be focusing her part of the talk on puffins and seals and Aron focusing on the Calf of Man Observatory.
You can buy tickets for the event, which just require a donation of at least £1 which can attended in person or on Zoom, here.