Last Chance to See Stunning Bronze Frieze at the Manx Museum

– Posted on Tuesday 13th December 2022

A display of Manx BirdLife’s bronze sculptured frieze by renowned artist Dave Tomlinson at the Manx Museum is coming to an end.

The display in the Natural History Gallery highlights plans the wildlife charity has to develop its new Visitor Centre at the Manx BirdLife Point of Ayre National Reserve, where the frieze will eventually be permanently mounted. The frieze was kindly donated to Manx Birdlife by Nature Vannin at The Nunnery.

Manx BirdLife is restoring for nature more than 400 acres of exhausted aggregates quarry at the Point of Ayre.  The resulting mix of wetlands and dry habitats will attract a unique assemblage of birds and other wildlife.  An initial 105 acres have already been designated an Area of Special Protection for Birds – the first such area in the Isle of Man.

Manx National Heritage Curator of Natural History, Laura McCoy said: “It has been wonderful to host this beautifully detailed sculpture in the museum and highlight the efforts of Manx BirdLife, as their work complements our own to help monitor and conserve the wildlife of our lovely Island”.

Manx BirdLife continues to fundraise for the infrastructure and installations required on the reserve to host open public visiting, with the charity welcoming donations towards the conservation project.

Neil Morris, Managing Director of Manx BirdLife said: “If you can’t think of anything to buy your loved one this Christmas, please do take the opportunity to support the work of your favourite conservation charities”.

To support Manx Birdlife’s work at the Point of Ayre, see and to donate to Manx National Heritage call in to the Manx Museum or visit

The frieze can be viewed until 3rd January 2023 in the Natural History section of the Manx Museum in Douglas, open daily from 9.30am to 4.30pm.


Media Contact:

Lynsey Clague, Communications Manager – Manx National Heritage

T: 01624 648032



Manx National Heritage, Eiraght Ashoonagh Vannin

Manx Museum, Douglas, Isle of Man, IM1 3LY

Isle of Man Registered Charity No 603



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