Birds are quite inseparable from our daily life as they provide numerous immeasurable services, which range from roles as ecosystem pollinators, to their aesthetic value and most importantly as indicators of the environment.
To preserve these species and their habitats from threats while providing an opportunity for tourism, NCF is initiating voluntary urban-based bird conservation group across states in the country. The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) recognises the important role volunteers and amateur bird enthusiasts can play in the conservation of urban birds and their habitat.
Hence, these urban bird clubs will help nurture the stake of bird conservation around their respective areas through regular bird-watching expeditions to key birding sites within these urban areas. NCF believes that through systematic bird-watching activities in cities, we can accumulate interesting checklists and information database on bird species to stir conservation actions to ameliorate these avifauna species.
The clubs will also help to improve the low level of awareness on the economic benefits of birds, importance of their habitats and significance of conserving biodiversity in general.
Lekki Bird Club (LBC)
The first volunteer-based bird conservation group; Lekki Bird Club (LBC) was established in March 2009 to raise the stake of bird conservation in Nigeria. LBC is the first in the series of bird club that NCF plans to set up in major urban settlements across Nigeria and this stems from the overlooked unique bird associations an assemblages in the cities.
Some of the activities of LBC include bird-watching trips, talks/lectures as well as publications in form of newsletters and trip reports to reach a wider audience.
Since inception in March 2009, LBC has on numerous occasions visited key birding areas within Lagos and recorded a few globally significance species like Hooded Vulture (Necrosyrtes monachus) and Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus).
LBC also disseminates updates on her activities via newsletters and trip reports. Some of these have gone beyond the borders of Nigeria, thus reaching a wider audience
Two categories of membership currently exist for LBC; student membership and individual membership. They cost N1,000 and N2,000 respectively. Eligibility for LBC membership is simply passion for nature with or without bird identification skills. However, members are expected to participate in birding trips which in due time will enable them identify birds off-hand even without help from skilled members or field guides.
Members of the club can enjoy subsidised access to the Lekki Conservation Centre (LCC) nature reserve and the NCF library. They will also be invited to participate in birding trips among and other LBC/NCF programmes.
Being the first volunteer-based bird conservation group created by NCF, we are looking at replicating similar volunteer based bird clubs around urban settlements within the country. In the near future, LBC hopes to introduce training and capacity building opportunities for aspiring birders and also engage in coordinated field projects.
For membership registration and further information on the Lekki Bird Club, please contact;
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Some Key Birding Sites in Lagos State
- Conservation Toll Plaza by-pass
- Majekodunmi Farms
- Muritala Botanical Garden
- National Arts Theatre
- Nature Reserve of the Lekki Conservation Centre
- Tarkwa Bay