Suffolk Bird Atlas online

The Suffolk Bird Atlas is now online – Suffolk Bird Atlas 2007 – 2011. The British Trust for Ornithology national survey for both breeding and wintering birds took place between 2007 and 2011, with an Atlas Working Group at SOG coordinating the monumental task of organising as complete a survey of Suffolk as possible. Being a relatively large county with over a 1000 2Km tetrads to cover, Mick Wright, the Suffolk representative of BTO and SOG’s project officer lead the task and with over half a million records and all the tetrads visited it has been a complete success.

Previous surveys have taken place, two breeding surveys in 1968 to 1972 and 1988 to 1991 and a single winter survey in 1981 to 1984. In time the new atlas will make a helpful comparison to the previous surveys and enable to highlight any concerns for species in decline and lead  to conservation measures.