About Graham Clarkson

Born & brought up in Marshside, I started birding there in the mid 1970s & made my first birding trip to Martin Mere in 1977. I've lived, worked & birdied in Abu Dhabi, Northern Ireland & Gloucestershire & I've spent time working in Kazakhstan & Madagascar. I enjoy birding my various West Lancashire patches, making frequent birding visits throughout the north-west of England and North Wales. I stray elsewhere in the UK & enjoy birding abroad from time to time. I'm particularly interested in wildfowl (especially pink-footed geese) with an interest in waders & raptors, bird counts & surveys & conservation. I'm trying to get the hang of photography & digiscoping - I'll get there eventually.

My degree from Edge Hill University is in conservation biology. I've guided on numerous birding days out & trips & guided birding holidays to Lesvos, Andalucia, Extremedura, Majorca, Camargue, Hungary, Finland & Florida. I enjoy showing people birds & habitats & helping them learn more about birds & enjoy birding. I'm currently involved with the Birdwatching and Beyond course at Edge Hill and a brand new venture; Skein Birding.

As well as birding I'm interested in captive breeding & reintroduction projects & zoos, how they're managed & how they contribute to conservation. I'm a proud Lancastrian & love the Lancashire countryside & landscapes. I'm an Evertonian & also keep up with what's happening at Southport, PNE & Bristol Rovers. Gardening, dogs (I have a Labrador & a Tibetan Terrier) and keeping chickens (especially Marsh Daisys & Scots Dumpy Bantams). Ruth & I have two marvellous boys who both love nature too. I hope you find the blog and subjects covered interesting; please feel free to leave a comment.

Monday, 17 December 2012

Wild Goose Chase Project

The Wild Goose Chase is a project aimed at filling in and bringing up to date our knowledge on how Pink-footed Geese, Whooper Swans and Bewick's Swans are using land in North Merseyside (Sefton, Knowsley, St Helens) and West Lancashire.

We are particularly interested in how these birds are using the landscape so we can answer questions such as 'Where is a population feeding?', 'What do they need to survive?' and 'What can we do to avoid disrupting them?' This project is supported by RSPB and WWT conservation officers and researchers and the county bird recorder. No need to send records of birds on nature reserves and other protected sites such as RSPB, WWT, LWT or Natural England land. You can always send you records through on a spreadsheet (see the webpage). Please do contriubte your records (including old ones) may well be really useful. Thank you.


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