Migweek 2020 Programme & Content

Currently, the programme is as shown below and because it is developing daily it is worth checking back for updates. Enjoy! As ever, it is all free! 

Migweek is an annual event held in mid-October that celebrates the amazing world of bird migration and is open to the public. Because of the ongoing pandemic, we’re doing things differently this year. Our whole programme will be delivered online, thanks to our friends at Yorkshire Wildlife Trust who have kindly provided the resources for us to do this. This means that we can continue to share the wonders of migration here on the glorious Yorkshire coast.

Due to COVID-19, there will be no public ringing demonstrations or live events this year.

Saturday, 10 October,
7:00pm – 8:00pm

Live online talk:
Whales in Yorkshire? Don’t be daft! – Richard Baines

Yorkshire Coast Natures ‘Seabird and Whale boat trips’ are six years old this year. This is a story of the thrills and the spills on our journey to bring the wonderful offshore wildlife of the Yorkshire coast to the outside world!

Follow this link to view the talk.

Sunday, 11th October

Online Video:
Introduction to bird ringing

Learn what bird ringing is, how we do it and why the data collected is so important.

Follow this link to view the talk.

Monday, 12th October,
7:00pm-8:00pm

Live online talk:
Wingtips at our fingertips: understanding the complex lives of migratory animals – Stu Mackenzie

Join Stu Mackenzie, Director of Migration Ecology at Birds Canada, to learn how bird banding, monitoring, and technology – with a focus on the Motus Wildlife Tracking System – is bringing the complex lives of migratory animals to our fingertips.

Follow this link to view the talk.

Tuesday, 13th October

Online Video:
Bird ringing at Flamborough

Bird ringing at Bempton Cliffs

Watch interviews with the bird ringers at Flamborough who will give us an insight into the different ringing sites and the Flamborough ringing team.

1. Flamborough
2. Bempton Cliffs

Wednesday, 14th October

Online Videos:
1. The Breeding Seabirds of Flamborough Head
2. Flamborough Geology & Wildlife

3. Flamborough Cliff Top Observatory

Craig Thomas, Flamborough Bird Observatory’s Chair introduces us to why the area is so special.
1. Breeding Seabirds
2. Geology & Wildlife
3. Cliff Top Observatory

Thursday, 15th October
7.00pm -8:00pm

Live online talk:
Speaking up about the lack of diversity in birding – Sorrel Lyall

With some honest reflections on the poor representation of minority groups in birding. Sorrel talks through some of the barriers to access, why we need to act to remove those barriers and the progress being made in the conservation sector.

Follow this link to view the talk.

Friday, 16th October

Online Video:
My favourite birding memory

Local birders share their best experiences with birds and migration in this unique, quickfire film showcasing the best in Yorkshire coast birding!

Follow this link to view the video.

Saturday, 17th October,
8:00pm-9:00pm

Live online talk:
It’s a Hard Nocmig: a beginner’s guide to sound recording night migration – Mark Pearson

Imagine being able to tell what’s migrating over your street every night while you sleep… it’s not as complicated as you might think, and it’s a hell of a lot of fun! Join Mark for a toe-dip into nocturnal migration recording (nocmig), and those peaceful nights will never be the same again…

Follow this link to view the talk

Sunday, 18th October
8:00am – 10:00am

Global Birding Weekend
Birding Live on Location – Asia, Africa & Europe

Please donate to the Global Bird Weekend endeavour to help stop the illegal bird trade https://donorbox.org/global-bird-weekend

Streaming to you from 20+ locations across Asia, Africa and Europe over about 2hrs, you’ll be able to feel what it’s like to go birding in Northern Thailand or the Himalayas, see penguins in South Africa or wader flocks in North Norfolk, and enjoy birding at Flamborough Head with our very own Craig Thomas and much much more.

Follow this link to view the broadcast

Sunday, 18th October
2:00pm – 4:00pm

Global Birding Weekend:
Birding Live on Location – North & South America

Please donate to the Global Bird Weekend endeavour to help stop the illegal bird trade https://donorbox.org/global-bird-weekend

Streaming to you from 20 locations across South & North America over about 2hrs, you’ll be able to feel what it’s like to go birding in the Andes of Ecuador and Colombia, or watching migrants travel across the USA, and much much more.

Follow this link to view the broadcast

Sunday, 18th October
7:00pm-8:00pm

Live online talk:
50 Years of Change: Seabird monitoring at Flamborough, Bempton and Filey – Dave O’Hara

Long-term studies and research at what is now the Flamborough and Filey Coast SPA have yielded unique, fascinating and valuable insights into local and national seabird trends, populations and the issues affecting them. Dave provides an overview of the RSPB’s work and how it helps to save our Yorkshire coast seabirds.

Follow this link to view the talk.

Migweek Partners

Flamborough Bird Observatory
Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
RSPB Bempton Cliffs
Yorkshire Coast Nature