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…

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…

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…

Heronry Survey

Heronry Survey Started in 1928, this is the longest running continuous survey in Britain.  More recently interest has been added by the spread of Little Egrets.   More BTO information can be found here.   BTO HERONRIES CENSUS 2013   Every year we aim to survey the number of occupied nests at Heron colonies.  Little Egret…

Woodcock

BTO/GWCT Woodcock Survey This is an on-line survey – surveyors will be able to select their sites and enter data once the on-line systems are up and running in early 2013. Woodcock is the only species of wading bird in Britain and Ireland that is adapted to breed in woodland, both broad-leaved and coniferous. Its…

Nightingale Survey 2012

BTO Interested? Please contact Mick Wright (micktwright@btinternet.com) (01473 710032) for further information or to be allocated a tetrad in Suffolk to survey for nightingales in 2012. Please note the survey has been extended by a week to May 20th. There are 350 tetrads selected for surveying, with 258 of these being priorities for the nocturnal…