Space for Shorebirds: protecting the birds & grasslands of Northumberland

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Join Richard Willis to explore a new project protecting birds and vulnerable habitats on the Northumberland coast.

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About the talk

In Northumberland, the year of covid also coincided with the creation of a new ranger led service on the Northumberland coast.

Space for Shorebirds was set up with the aim of protecting the shorebirds and dune grasslands of the Northumberland coast, primarily through education and engagement.

Richard explains why the creation of Spare for Shorebirds was necessary and how the rangers are going about protecting our shorebirds and dune grasslands, including recruiting Dog Rangers, telling shorebird stories and undertaking disturbance monitoring.

What is clear is that the waders and dune grasslands can only be protected and Space for Shorebirds can only achieve its aims by working with the residents of Northumberland.

About the Speaker

Richard Willis is the Senior Wildlife Ranger with Space for Shorebirds. He has been a keen naturalist and bird surveyor for many years.

Richard previously worked as one of Northumberland County Council's Ecologists and has been closely involved in planning and implementing large scale habitat creation schemes on mineral sites.