Welcome to the Landguard Bird Observatory (LBO) web site. LBO is an independent organisation run and administered by a registered charity, "Landguard Conservation Trust". It relies on its members, friends and volunteers to survive and function. Membership is open to anyone interested in the aims and objectives of the observatory. The bird observatory is housed in disused military buildings alongside the Local Nature Reserve at the southern end of the town of Felixstowe in Suffolk.
The observatory's primary function is to study and record the wildlife of the entire Landguard peninsula. A daily census of the birds present is carried out with many birds trapped for ringing studies. All wildlife is recorded, with moth traps run daily from March to early December. Annual reports are compiled and all the data collected are made available to a variety of local and national organisations.
A Recent Sightings blog is updated daily from March to November and on most days throughout the winter. We are open all year, provided there is a member on site to give access & supervise your visit - please e.mail firstname.lastname@example.org in advance of any propsed visit & be prepared to arrive on site fairly early in the morning (how early depends on the time of year). Mornings are the best time to visit the nature reserve for birds with afternoons often better for insects.
The site is owned by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport but managed by English Heritage on their behalf.
The observatory is a member of the Bird Observatories Council & the Landguard Partnership. Links to both organisations below.
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