Welcome to The Birds of Lundy website
This website is a companion to the book The Birds of Lundy published in 2007. It aims to provide accessible updates to the text, with details of all notable sightings. This includes any information that adds significantly to our knowledge of the island’s commoner birds, as well as details of rare and unusual species recorded during the last ten years.
The species accounts have been fully updated to the end of 2015. Click on Species Updates in the menu bar on the left-hand side of this page. The Breeding and Ringing pages have also been updated to the end of 2015.
Further updates, to the end of 2016, are currently (April 2017) in progress, based largely on records entered in the Lundy Field Society (LFS) Logbook (see below).
Bird recording on Lundy
Lundy’s Bird Recorders, on behalf of the Lundy Field Society (LFS), are Tim Davis and Tim Jones. Part of their role is to prepare the annual LFS Logbook in which visitors to the island may enter details of their bird and other wildlife sightings. Tim and Tim work closely with the Devon Bird Recorder, Kev Rylands, and the Devon Birds Records Committee (DBRC), and compile the annual Lundy Bird Report published by the LFS and distributed free to Members.
Buying the book – and plans for an update
The Birds of Lundy is now out of print, but copies are available from online book re-sellers such as AbeBooks and auction sites, including eBay. We are intending to publish a fully updated text, with a limited print run alongside an e-book, in the not too distant future.
Raising funds for bird conservation
Proceeds from sales of The Birds of Lundy were held in a special fund – The Birds of Lundy Fund – managed by Devon Birds, to be spent on bird-related projects on Lundy. The total amount raised exceeded £17,000. Grants from the Fund, which is now closed, were awarded to:
- Oxford Navigation Group (OxNav), Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, for satellite-tracking studies of Lundy’s Manx Shearwater population in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. Results from the first three years of the study (which was initiated in 2009) were published in the Annual Reports of the Lundy Field Society and Devon Birds Journal.
- Luke Sutton, for a study of the population dynamics and foraging behaviour of Lundy’s Peregrine Falcons in 2014 and 2015. On completion of the project, the results will be published in the Journal of the Lundy Field Society.
- Tony Taylor, Bird Ringing Coordinator, Lundy Field Society, for a colour-ringing study of Wheatears on Lundy in 2013 and 2014. Early results were published in the LFS Annual Report for 2013.
- Lundy Field Society, for purchase of Manx Shearwater rings from the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) in support of the long-running ringing programme on Lundy’s Manx Shearwaters. Results from the ringing programme, undertaken in late August and September each year, are published in the LFS Annual Report.
- The Landmark Trust (Lundy) for production in 2013 of a leaflet on Lundy bird ringing. The (free) leaflet provides information to visitors about how and why ringing is carried out on the island and gives an insight into some of the findings of more than 65 years of study.
A warm welcome to Dean Jones, Lundy’s new Warden
Dean Jones and his partner Zoë Barton arrived on Lundy in early 2017. Hailing from County Antrim, Northern Ireland, Dean has a BSc in Applied Marine Biology with a strong interest in seabirds. He has previously worked for the Scottish Wildlife Trust, Pembrokeshire Wildlife Trust, Scottish Natural Heritage, the National Museum of Scotland, and Rathlin Island seabird sanctuary, as well as overseas as Head Ornithologist and terrestrial project coordinator for the Archipelagos Institute of Conservation based on Samos Island, Greece.
For the latest sightings and photos of birds on Lundy visit the Lundy Birds blog