Thursday, December 21, 2006

Nest Record Unit

I’ve just received a Christmas update from the Nest Record Unit. To date, over 18,000 nest records have been submitted which is very much in line with this time last year. So, if everything goes to plan, even with the poor breeding season of Barn and Tawny Owls they are still expecting to hit the 30,000 mark for the third year in a row.

In 2006 they have spent a lot of time nursing IPMR into the Nest Record scheme and working on the NRS database and archives in order to save time and energy on future analyses. In 2007 one of their aims is to incorporate the Barn Owl Monitoring Scheme fully into the NRS.

Finally, new publicity leaflets have been printed in order to explain all about the scheme and how volunteers can contribute their records. This is in the face of a worrying decline in the number of ‘open-nesting’ species records being returned – it’s so much easier to monitor nest-boxes. So, it you have a robin, dunnock, blackbird or a song thrush nesting in your back garden, a single nest record card returned from one of these would be more valuable than say – thirty nest box blue tit returns. Further details can be found on the website at http://www.bto.org/survey/nest_records/index.htm or contact the nest records unit for an Introductory pack.

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