Friday, March 02, 2007

Them plovers again.

During 2007 the BTO is running a UK-wide breeding survey of Ringed Plover and Little Ringed Plover. This will be the second concurrent survey of these two species; the first being over 20 years ago in 1984. More detail can be found at:

Merseyside has its allocation of sites that need to be visited in order to determine whether we are hosting any of these two species. Most of the sites are based in the north and west of the region and are listed below. If you would like to visit one of these sites formally, or have incidental records you would like to submit, please let me know.

Ringed Plover and Little Ringed Plover survey.

For the Ringed Plover survey two visits are required during the period 15Apr-14May and 15May – 30June (with visits fourteen days apart). Where suitable habitat is not present – either via local knowledge or a recent visit, a zero count may be assumed and returned.

For Little Ringed Plover three visits are required – 15Apr-14May, 15May-14June, 15June-15July.

The following plots are available for Ringed Plover.
From around Southport and Formby – SD20S (Raven Meols), SD20V(Hall Road), SD20W(Formby Bank), SD20X(Battery Cottage), SD20Y, SD30A(Hightown), SD30B(Hightown), SD31B(Birkdale), SD31C(Birkdale), SD31I (Southport), SD31J(Southport Sands), SD31P(Marshside), SJ38X.

Moving further south SJ39D(Seaforth), SJ39E(Crosby), SJ39E(Pier Head), SJ39G, SJ39H(Bootle Docks).

The following for Little Ringed.
SD31I(Southport), SD31Y(Wyke House), SD40P, SJ39G, SJ39L, SJ39T(Fazakerley), SJ39Y(Fazakerley), SJ48U(Windy Arbor), SJ48X(Ditton Marsh), SJ48Q(Whiston)


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