Wednesday, June 23, 2010


Chris Packham, commented on his new appointment, “I am delighted to take up the position of Vice President for the BTO. Everyone can help safeguard the future of our birds by making sure that decisions affecting their environment are based on sound, unbiased science. Sending their birdwatching records to the BTO can help make this happen.”

Photo: Chris with BTO Director Andy Clements

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Winter effects begin to show

Jan-March 2010 Garden Birdwatch data has revealed that the recent winter has significantly affected some of our smaller garden birds. Using appearances in gardens as a year on year indicator Goldcrests were absent from 48% of gardens where they have been present previously. In some areas of the country, see map, in real terms this equates to a 60% loss in bird numbers.
For wren they were absent in 22% of gardens and treecreeper in 15% fewer gardens.
Trends such as these will be closely monitored to ensure that the declines reported are indeed weather related and do not hide some other factor responsible for the decrease.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

a return from surveying and nest recording..... now I'll try and get back ontrack. Just seen this from Amazon - bargain!