I’d been running the Northamptonshire Bird News webpage for almost ten years and the time had come for a change. The news page, while being purely functional, was rather limited in content and restricted in terms of what it delivered. This new, blog-based site, launched in May 2011, sets out to provide more detail behind the occurrences of birds locally, while at the same time providing the opportunity for discussion of the wider issues of status, conservation, identification and other related topics. Within this context I will also be indulging my passion for birding optics and offering comment on some of the product I regularly review in detail for Birdwatch magazine.
I like clean starts so I’ve backdated the news and comment to 1st May, even though this site went live on 6th May. Anyone is welcome to contribute news, records and items for discussion as well as photographs if, and when, these may be relevant.
I would like to take this opportunity to extend my thanks to the many contributors who have kindly shared news and records of birds seen locally over the past ten years. Without your input the site would have no doubt faded into obsolescence before ever evolving into this new, upgraded format.
So, welcome to the new Northants Birds … and watch this space!
Mike Alibone 6th May 2011