Thursday, April 26, 2007

more things with wings

I have just returned from a Regional Network Meeting in Thetford where we discuss, consider and debate all BTO actions and how they may /may not impact on volunteers. It is also a time to meet staff and get an update on future events. One of these events is another collaboration, this time with Butterfly Conservation.
Currently developmental work is being undertaken in Cambridge and Dorset to ascertain whether BBS plots - because of their random nature of selection - can be used to determine distribution and abundance of the commonest types of butterflies. If this work comes to fruition it may be such that some BTO volunteers may be asked if they would like to return to their BBS plots (once in July, once in Aug) - this time to note down butterflies seen (but not heard!).
My trip also had other benefits - it was the first time I have seen Stone Curlew in this country, and I heard my first Cuckoo of the year.


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