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The Newsletter is published three times a year, containing articles from members and others on issues relating to seabird research and conservation.
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Our February call for grants is open!

The Seabird Group’s February call for research grants is now open! We will fund grants of up to £500 each for seabird research. The deadline to apply is 28th February. Details about the grants and the application process can be found on the our grants page.

Additionally, grants to support seabird census projects for Seabirds Count, the UK national seabird census currently underway, are still available from the Seabird Group's census legacy fund. The census grant application form is available from the Seabird Group website and from the Seabird Group secretary (secretary@seabirdgroup.org.uk). So far, successful census grant applications have ranged in amounts from £500 to £2700, although higher amounts may be considered. Census grant applications can be made at any time, there is no time deadline, but please apply as soon as possible in time for the final year of census surveying! If you have any questions or need information about setting up a seabird census project for Seabirds Count, then please contact the Seabirds Count national coordinator, Daisy Burnell (seabirdscountcoordinator@jncc.gov.uk), or the Seabird Group’s national census representative, Will Miles (seabirdcensus@seabirdgroup.org.uk).

Grants update

Recent grant calls have received a lot of interest. In the winter 2020 call, two recipients were awarded a research grant.

  • Rebecca Lakin, a PhD student at the University of St Andrews, received a grant to study the impact of nutrition on physiological & behavioural development of gull chicks.
  • Harrison Talarico, an Honours student at the University of Tasmania, received a research grant to study temporal variation in the migratory patterns of Short-tailed shearwaters.

We congratulate our grantees on their awards and wish them success with their project. Seabird Group members will be able to read reports of these projects in one or two years’ time in the Seabird Group newsletters, or in our SEABIRD journal.

Postponement of the 15th International Seabird Group Conference until 2022

Due to the postponement of the World Seabird Conference (WSC3) in Tasmania to October 2021, the Seabird Group have taken the decision to delay the 15th International Seabird Group Conference. This was due to be held in Cork next year but will now take place in Autumn 2022. We recognise that this might be disappointing news but we want to support the World Seabird Union under what are very challenging times.

We are working with the local organisers in Cork and will let our members know the dates of the next conference via our newsletter and on the news section of our website.