Heronries Census

This year, 2018, saw the 90th anniversary of the Heronries Census. In Suffolk, fieldworkers surveyed 12 Heronries, which supported around 95 nests. The results included two heronries that are located in very private grounds, that we have not been able to survey for many years for lack of access. It will not be long before Herons…

BTO – Tawny Owls – Part 2 – Calling Survey

BTO – Tawny Owl Calling Survey This survey starts on 20 September, and the BTO has online registration up and running already. Volunteers can take part in the survey from their garden, or any other green space, and the survey runs through to 31 March. It’s a very simple survey, asking volunteers to listen out just…

BTO – Owl Survey – Help needed

As I am sure many of you are aware, the BTO is launching a series of Owl surveys over the coming months.  The first of these covers Tawny Owls, and is about to start in mid-August.  -Given Suffolk has a pretty good population of Tawny Owls, it would be great if we could get many…

A call for volunteers in 2018

The great thing about birding is that it offers something different to everyone whether you enjoy watching birds in your garden, ringing or searching for rarities, maybe that elusive first for Suffolk, or just getting out there in all weathers throughout the year with every season offering something new to see.  Birding offers opportunities for…

Suffolk Little Tern Project

This year is the second of the Suffolk Little Tern Project, funded by EU LIFE, which involves many partner organisations here including the National Trust, Natural England, RSBP, Suffolk Wildlife Trust, Suffolk Coasts & Heaths AONB and local councils. Enhanced management will be carried out at numerous sites in Suffolk identified as important tern colonies.…

Operation Turtle Dove in Suffolk

The Turtle Dove was once widespread across much of England and Wales, the Turtle Dove has shown large population declines in recent years. Figures from the British Trust for Ornithology Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) show a population decline of 96% in England since 1970, and the decline is not slowing. At current rates of decline…

House Martin Survey 2015

UK HOUSE MARTIN SURVEY 2015 The primary aim of the 2015 UK House Martin Survey will be to produce an estimate of the current UK House Martin population size, using a method that is repeatable to enable us to measure future population changes. A secondary aim will be to collect further information about nest site…

SOG Rookery Survey 2015

SOG ROOKERY SURVEY 2015 In 2015 it will be 40 years since Suffolk Ornithologists’ Group carried out a British Trust for Ornithology organised Rookery survey, the results of which were published in a SOG publication, The Rook In Suffolk by MJF Jeanes and R Snook. The aim of this survey is get an up-to-date picture…

SOG Surveying

Late in 2011 the Group learnt that Viridor were seeking some help with biodiversity monitoring at one of their recently capped Suffolk landfill sites. Following discussions SOG’s not-for-profit surveying resource was duly appointed to survey this site’s bird life in 2012.   – Biodiversity monitoring –   SOG were commissioned not only to conduct a…

Peregrine Survey 2014

Please would you contact Mick Wright if you wish to help with this survey Tel. 01473 721486 Email: kupe1515@sky.com Survey Methods To ensure that the survey findings are representative of the whole of the UK and repeatable in future, the 2014 survey will aim to cover randomly selected 5km by 5km squares across the Peregrine’s…

Winter Thrush Survey 2013/2014

BTO Winter Thrushes Survey – can you help with the survey’s second winter? The BTO’s Winter Thrushes Survey has just entered its second winter season.  As we write, the first tens of thousands of immigrant thrushes are arriving from their continental and Icelandic breeding grounds.  So now is a good time to set a route…

Breeding Bird Survey

The BTO/JNCC/RSPB Breeding Bird Survey The Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) is the main scheme for monitoring the population changes of the UK’s common breeding birds. Thousands of volunteer birdwatchers make standardised counts on randomly-located sites during the breeding season, enabling us to monitor changes in numbers of over 100 widespread bird species. BBS bird population…

Wetland Bird Survey WeBS

BTO/WWT/RSPB/JNCC is a joint scheme to monitor non-breeding waterbirds in the UK. The principle aims of the scheme are to identify population sizes, to determine trends in numbers and distribution, and to identify important sites for waterbirds. Monthly coordinating counts are required for all our estuaries and inland water-bodies. The co-coordinated counts are carried out once per…