This article features one of our valued contributors, Judith Smith from Manchester Raptor Group.
Hi Judith, you’ve been a regular contributor to the PBMS for nearly 10 years. Tell us a bit about yourself?
I’m a keen birder and was the county recorder for the Greater Manchester area for 19 years. I’m also the leader of my local raptor group (Manchester Raptor Group).
How did you first hear about the scheme?
It’s so long ago I don’t remember! As a county recorder I probably would have heard about the PBMS through the Association of County Recorders and Editors (ACRE).
How/where do you find most of the birds that you submit?
At nest sites which we visit. Out of the breeding season the farmers/site owners tell me if they find a dead owl or peregrine. As leader of my local raptor group I also get to hear of other birds and direct them to the PBMS!
Do you have any tips for anyone thinking of keeping an eye out for birds to submit to the PBMS?
Put the bird in the freezer and send at the beginning of the working week.
What is your favourite bird of prey?
The Hen Harrier but I don't find any of those!