Tuesday, October 24, 2006

BBS and Services to Ornithology

The Breeding Bird Survey, (BTO/JNCC/RSPB) is becoming ‘the’ annual survey for monitoring birds in the UK. Simple in its design it monitors effectively the population changes of over 100, essentially terrestrial birds, present in the UK during the breeding season. Results from the survey are then input into a whole multitude of conservation measures and plans – in the hope that any decisions made are better informed.

Since it’s inception in 1994 it has grown annually with, in 2005, 2300 volunteers surveying 2879 sites. This year, 2006, a new record has been reached with 2887 sets of survey data actually returned; a figure that may increase further when late returns drift in.

The full report from the 2005 breeding season is available for download at:

www.bto.org/bbs/results/BBSreport05.pdf


For those who want to read a bit more about JNCC sponsored bird survey work in the UK you might like to look up their Report Number 382: Services in Ornithology Annual Report 2004-05 (the most recent). It reports surveys on Non-breeding Waterbirds, Terrestrial Birds, the National Ringing Scheme, Population Dynamics, Breeding Performance and Productivity, with Alerts and Environmental Change Predictions.

This report is also free and is available at: http://www.jncc.gov.uk/page-3701

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