• Puffins by Alan Tilmouth
  • Whitethroat by Alan Jack
  • Black Grouse by Chris Barlow


In support of the club’s aims the club sets aside funds into a Development Fund from which we award grants to small ornithological projects we believe are worthy of support. Anyone wishing to apply for a grant from the club’s Development Fund should contact the secretary for details of how to apply at ntbcorg@gmail.com

Recent grant awards from the Development Fund are detailed below:


Bird Conservation Project in Gambia (c/o G. Bowman). £200 contribution towards the creation of permanent freshwater pools to improve habitat quality for winter visitors, involving the local community in their creation and maintenance.

St Mary’s Wetland Group (c/o C Bradshaw). £1000 approved towards fencing and stock proofing the site to enable conservation grazing to commence, for habitat improvement for breeding birds and winter foraging.


Breeding shorebirds on Druridge Bay (I Robson & Northumberland Coast AONB). £1000 towards fencing and signage to protect ground nesting shorebirds at Chibburn Mouth.

Swift Conservation and Awareness (G Sorrie). £300 for nestboxes as part of a conservation scheme for Swifts in the Morpeth/Mitford area.


Kittiwakes 0n the Tyne – grant awarded to NTBC member and wildlife photographer and filmaker Cain Scrimgeour to fund a short film promoting the Tyne Kittiwake colony. It is hoped that this project will help highlight the unique nature of the Tyne colony and promote the annual spectacle as part of the area’s rich natural heritage available to visitors and residents.

Abbeyfields First School, Morpeth – grant awarded to fund the purchase of five pairs of binoculars and bird-feeders for their Forest School. The The philosophy of Forest Schools is to encourage and inspire individuals of any age through positive outdoor experiences.


Koshi Tappu Ringing Station, Nepal – grant awarded to help fund the establishment of Nepal’s first bird observatory at Koshi Tappu Reserve.

North East Beached Bird Survey – grant awarded to fund the creation of educational materials, including skins and specimens,  to help the North East Beached Bird Survey deliver talks across the region about this important project.


North East Cetacean Project – grant awarded to support fieldwork and surveys off the Northumberland Coast in support of this project to generate up to date information on the status of cetaceans off our coastline.

BTO – species sponsorship (Bewick’s Swan) in the new national atlas.