The End is Nigh! Atlas Records Wanted

June 16, 2011 at 2:27 pm Leave a comment

Hungry Nestling Chicks - The Song Thrush by possumgirl2, on Flickr

Hungry Nestling Chicks - The Song Thrush by possumgirl2, on Flickr

Thanks to all volunteers who’ve helped with the Bird Atlas. We’re now approaching the final few weeks of the survey period.  Nationally we’re in a great position to achieve our target of comprehensive coverage across Britain and Ireland.  We are however, still looking for more records, to plug gaps and get the most complete picture we can for the local atlas organised by out partners, the Glamorgan bird Club.

In these last few weeks out priorities are:

  • Breeding Evidence – now is an excellent time to confirm breeding.  There are still many gaps to be filled, even for common species like Wren, Dunnock and Collared Dove.  You can see where the biggest gaps are,  but it is worth checking 10-km squares where you live or nearby for gaps. There are still some surprising gaps! The easiest way to check is to login to the Bird Atlas and in Data Home click on ‘My Local Gaps’. Remember if in doubt enter the record. It is better to have duplication than a gap.
  • Timed Tetrad Visits – please try to complete all remaining TTVs as soon as possible.  Bird activity gets quieter in July so now is a good time to complete them.  Any problems regarding coverage contact Wayne right away.
  • Roving Records effort – there are still tetrads that need more general birdwatching effort to find new species.  This guide helps you find where they are.

There are a few features in Atlas Data Home (login from the home page) that can help you atlasing:

  • My Local Gaps – gives you a list of species not yet confirmed breeding in a 10-km square
  • Any Square Summary – gives you a species list for any tetrad or 10-km square
  • Priority Squares – suggests species that might be missing from your 10-km square (based on species recorded in surrounding squares – watch out for habitat bias!)

Thanks again for all your help.  If you want any more help in pointing you in the right direction please contact:

Wayne Morris
eastglambto@gmail.com

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