BTO Northern Ireland Birdwatchers' Conference 2021

Manx Shearwater by Sarah Kelman
Joe Furphy
Friday, November 5, 2021 - 18:30 to Saturday, November 6, 2021 - 18:00
Places available

Virtual conference with presentations on seabirds, volunteering, migration, the new Birds of Conservation Concern in Ireland list and the important local sites of Lough Neagh and the Antrim Hills.

The online "virtual" conference will consist of two sessions:

SESSION 1: Friday 5th November, 18:30-21:30

  • Introduction from BTO CEO - Juliet Vickery
  • Using tracking data to identify potential areas of human-wildlife conflict in urban areas: assessing space-use of Belfast’s urban gulls during the breeding season - Katherine Booth Jones, BTO NI
  • Wader conservation on the Antrim Plateau - Katie Gibb, RSPB NI
  • Birds of Conservation Concern in Ireland 4 (focusing on breeding waders in the Republic of Ireland) - Anita Donaghy, BirdWatch Ireland
  • Censusing what you can’t see: the challenges of censusing burrow-nesting seabirds in the UK and Ireland - Kendrew Colhoun

SESSION 2: Saturday 6th November, 15:00-18:00 

  • BTO NI Science and Engagement in 2021 - Katherine Booth Jones and Stephen Hewitt, BTO NI
  • Vagrant BTO Volunteers - Marc Vinas Alcon
  • Storm in a model: Oceanic storms and their impact on Manx Shearwaters on the Copeland Islands - Niamh Esmonde
  • Island Surveys and Projects - Peter Harper and Ciara Laverty, Lough Neagh Partnership
  • What brings a new kid on to the block? Birds play the lottery too - Anthony McGeehan

In order to participate you will need:

  • broadband of sufficient speed to view live video 
  • a computer with sound and ideally a webcam, or a tablet/smartphone.
  • Access to Zoom

The conference costs £5 for both sessions. We are unable to offer single sessions at a reduced price. 

Online registration will close at 23:59 on 31st October.

If you have any questions, or difficulties booking a place online, please email us at northern.ireland [at]