Monday, January 14, 2013
Sunday, November 18, 2012
The latest BTO survey is a two-year project to investigate the numbers and use of the landscape by our resident and winter thrushes. It's a simple survey as identification only requires song thrush, mistle thrush, blackbird, redwing, fieldfare and, as options, starling and waxwing. A BTO You-tube exists at:
to help if required.
In its briefest form it consists of only one visit - between 27th Dec and 10th Jan - with additional visits either side of this possible if required. There is a fairly simple(ish) on-line element for data entry that is linked to a mapping tool so you can actually map all of your sightings as part of your return. See: http://www.bto.org/volunteer-surveys/winter-thrushes
Although individuals can pick their own area for coverage there are some core, randomly selected squares that require coverage. These are: SD3712, SD3313, SD3908, SD3902, SD3819, SD3005, SD4300, SD3905, SD400 and SJ4888, SJ4796, SJ4992, SJ4995, SJ4995, SJ4586, SJ4381.
Coverage of these squares in preference to others would be appreciated. You can register on line but any difficulties get back to me.
Tuesday, April 03, 2012
Bird Flu papers to publish
So this should be interesting when they come out.
Wednesday, March 07, 2012
“The things you see when you don’t have a gun”
Monday, March 05, 2012
A welcome present...
I attended the AGM of the Lancashire and Cheshire Fauna Society over the weekend - that organisation that produces the Bird Report each year and is leading on the new Breeding and Wintering Atlas of the Birds of Lancashire and North Merseyside; and who are also doing an Atlas of Dragonflies in the North-West.
As AGM's go it was the usual affair - reports, elections of officers, expenditure and balance sheets, and the future plan for the next twelve months. So not much excitement there!!
What was exciting, but a bit anorachy I know, was that I was given a virtual full set of BTO News - from number 1 in 1964 to the year 2000. What a social history on the BTO Movement and the work it has undertaken over the years. I look forward to reading them, and then passing on little snippets of history.
Thanks Frank - much appreciated.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Breeding Bird Survey Training Day
Saturday 17th March 2012
Merseyside Biobank, Court Hey Park (near the end of the M62).
We are holding a free BBS Training Day for all those of you who have thought about it but never quite taken the plunge. This course will give insight into the methodology and what is required to undertake it. Places are limited so booking is essential. Please drop me a line a.s.a.p. if you want to reserve a place. (harris at
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Otters on the Mersey (well Fiddlers Ferry at least)
Otters have returned to the River Mersey, which was once one of the most polluted areas of water in Europe.The animals' pawprints have been spotted by Forestry Commission rangers by the river near Fiddlers Ferry.
Rangers have yet to spot an otter on the riverbank and have urged anyone who photographs one to contact them.