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  • Blog Post: The ins and outs of willow weaving....

    Weave some magic at RSPB Fen Drayton Lakes nature reserve For people looking to try something different this summer, RSPB Fen Drayton Lakes is hosting a willow weaving workshop on their lakeside reserve. This workshop, run by RSPB volunteer Alan Morris, is the perfect introduction to the addictive...
  • Blog Post: Spring Funday and spring on the reserve!

    Blogs are like buses.. there's none for ages and then they all come along at once! Anyway, just realised we have a few things to tell you about so here we go: First and foremost.. Next Saturday (16th April) is our Big Spring Funday! The day runs from 10 am - 4 pm and there will be plenty to see...
  • Blog Post: Would you like to improve your photography?

    It's all gone a bit photography mad down here at the moment with all the spring weather encouraging people to get out and about taking pictures of wildlife ! Our local photographer and all round volunteer Tom Mason ran a session for the wildlife explorer's last month, teaching them basic skills...
  • Media: Hen Harrier education

    Skydancer is one of seven finalists short-listed for Best Education Project in the National Lottery Awards, as a result of our work with pupils like these two from Bellingham Middle School, June 2014. Vote for us online by 23rd July: www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/project/skydancer
  • Media: Gamekeepers for the future

    Gamekeeping students at Askham Bryan College, York, after taking part in a Skydancer hen harrier workshop - working together to secure a sustainable future for hen harriers and grouse shooting. Skydancer has been nominated for a National Lottery Award for Best Education Project. Vote online until 23rd...
  • Blog Post: Workshop on gillnet and purse seine fisheries

    Each year an estimated 400,000 seabirds are killed in gillnet fisheries, while no estimates exist yet for purse seine fleets. Little attention has been given to purse seine fisheries as it was thought they had little impact on seabirds. Alarming new evidence is starting to change that perspective. ...
  • Blog Post: Meeting for conservation interns in Johannesburg

    I am working with the Albatross Task Force as a project through the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) Internship programme. Recently I had a great opportunity to meet other people in the programme, which felt amazing. Together we are a group of hundreds of young and inspirational...
  • Blog Post: Christmas Crafting

    These are the fabric floral wreaths made during the most recent 2-part Christmas craft workshop. Don’t they look fabulous? There’s still a chance to book on the last of the workshops on Friday, December 9 either at 1pm or 7pm during which we will be making a Kanzashi style tree decoration...
  • Blog Post: Wildlife Discovery Workshops

    The school holidays are in full swing - how will you be spending yours? If you're looking for something to do with your family come along to our Visitor Centre in Wat Tyler Park. We will have a craft table available every day and today & tomorrow we will be running 2 hour bookable Discovery Sessions...
  • Media: The workshop swallow nest on 1st July

  • Blog Post: Adventures on the road

    I have just returned from a very exciting and fun-filled few days in Sedgefield and Mossel Bay. For those of you not from South Africa, these towns are located along our east coast, and apparently Mossel Bay has the second best climate in the world! My colleague and I took a comfortable 5-hour drive...
  • Blog Post: Following the plan in Argentina: First workshop on the National Plan of Action for reducing Seabird bycatch in fisheries

    Two years after the implementation of the NPOA-S in Argentina, the first workshop was held as a follow-up to the plan. In the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development over 40 specialists including researchers, academics and members of Non-government Organisations plus representatives from...
  • Blog Post: Reflections and experiences for the new year

    When we were defining our annual work programme in Chile we were keen to maintain a link with the community, beyond that of the fishing industry. In fact, we have always strived to extend the information about seabird bycatch and albatross conservation to the public in general. As such we decided...
  • Blog Post: Workshop success

    Some time back, I was asked if I was interested in attending a trawl mitigation workshop in New Zealand. My response: is the Pope a Catholic? With sponsorship from consultants Deepwater Group, I was winging my way to the Southern Seabirds Solution workshop in Nelson with Barrie Rose (I&J). We...
  • Blog Post: A bang and a fizzle in Namibia

    Hi everybody. My name is John Paterson and I am the first Albatross Task Force Instructor to be based in Namibia. I have been tasked to work with the hake trawl fishery in Namibia and a second Instructor is to be recruited to work with the hake longline fishery. This is all new and exciting for...
  • Blog Post: At sea, on land

    Hello to all albatross fans! We don't just speak to fishermen at sea. Most fishermen spend long periods of time at-sea and as there are only a few ATF instructors around, we try to meet them in between their trips. Albatross Task Force South Africa has for the last three years been conducting...
  • Blog Post: Getting the science out there

    The Albatross Task Force (ATF) not only aims to educate fishermen about the work we do and implement the solutions into tangible rules within the fishing industry, but we also aim to educate the public and other researchers within the realm of seabird bycatch. Once a team has implemented the best...
  • Blog Post: Keeping busy

    We have been operating for a year now and have a made some progress on getting a handle on what is happening in the Namibian hake trawl fishery. I have not been out to sea recently, but am hoping to rectify this soon as the office becomes tedious compared to life at-sea! 2009 got off to a brilliant start...
  • Blog Post: Appalling numbers

    My God... let me tell you that this is not an easy job... it really is not, but it must be done with courage, persistence and with good heart. I persist with the local fishermen and captains in order to instruct them why they should adopt the tori lines and the other mitigation measures. It is hard...
  • Blog Post: Getting ready

    I have been meeting people and filling up my brain with lots of info in readiness for my new task. I can say that I understand the fishing industries and their impacts on seabirds better. I have learned more about the important fishing areas in Chile, the different fishing techniques used for the different...
  • Blog Post: Voluntary 'Bird Officers' making a huge difference

    The last month was a dry land month for me. I was busy with four workshops we organised for fishermen and managers from the local fisheries - hake longline and trawl fishery, tuna and swordfish longline and shark longline fisheries. We also conducted a workshop for Compliance Officers. The workshops...
  • Blog Post: Never a dull moment

    We have 75 confirmed attendees for the hake longline workshop this week, which includes boat owners, skippers, crew and representatives from Marine and Coastal Management. I’m looking forward to building a relationship with this group. Currently, this type of longline sinks very slowly, and the...
  • Blog Post: Positive response

    Mid-October saw me giving two presentations to skippers and industry representatives about how to prevent albatross deaths in the South African hake trawl fishery. The venue was Cape Town and four fishing companies were represented. Seabirds are attracted to vessels to feed on discards from processed...
  • Blog Post: Hectic but rewarding

    This week I am writing to you from the RSPB headquarters in the UK! I am here on a vacation and took the opportunity to meet the people here who are co-ordinating the task force and all of the PR effort on its behalf. My last week in South Africa was hectic but rewarding. The workshop with hake fisheries...
  • Blog Post: Flying off the shelf

    July was a great month. We've been doing lots of workshops and now the phones are ringing off the hook - everyone has to have a tori line! It has been crazy... our newly-constructed tori lines are leaving the shelf as quickly as they are being made! We've run workshops at some of the most...