Thursday, March 12, 2009

Atlas, Atlas and more Atlas.

Well, it's that time of year and all Atlas organisers are motivating their volunteers for the start of the new breeding season. In line with this they are all producing their respective newsletters informing fieldworkers of the results to date. Obviously I have the Lancs and North Merseyside one (see: http://www.lacfs.org.uk/Documents/Atlas_Newsletter_March_2009.pdf), and also the one covering the breeding Atlas work of north Wales (see: http://www.northwalesbirdatlas.co.uk/Forms/BTO%20Atlas%20Newsletter%202%20Spring%202009.pdf).

At a local level our statistics to date are: over 400 contributing observers who have undertaken >200 TTV's. From the first winter period we have 28k TTV records, with 25k records from the first breeding season. When you add in Roving Recorder records it brings us to in excess of 100k records from one full season of field work.
On the ground this equates to coverage of 41% of winter tetrads and 31% coverage of breeding season tetrads. With 77% of tetrads allocated this means, on paper, we are on course as it stands to cover 75% of the county. For a local Atlas at tetrad level this is promising. Obviously next year we will push to get volunteers to fill gaps and push us towards that desired 100% coverage. That said there are gaps appearing now - St Helens, Bowland and areas of south Liverpool. So, if you can, consider offering yourself up to cover these areas.

A big thank you to all those who have contributed to date, or are about to contribute for the first time this year.

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