BBS Training Day

February 13, 2012 at 10:22 am Leave a comment

The Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) is the most important national monitoring scheme in the UK.  Since 1994 it has been the means by which we monitor populations of most of our common birds, and establishes bird population trends for the UK.  The trends are published in the annual BBS report.

Goldfinch by Sergey Yeliseev, on Flickr

Goldfinch by Sergey Yeliseev, on Flickr

The survey is designed to be a simple and enjoyable birdwatching exercise.  Volunteers make just three visits to randomly-located 1-km squares, the first to record habitat and to set up a suitable survey route, and the second and third to record birds that are seen or heard while walking along the route.

A training event for those interested in participating in BBS is being held this spring.  We’ll be offering an introduction to BBS, and provide both classroom and field instruction on the methods used.

The course is free and open to all, and though you don’t need to be a world-class birder to take part, you should be able to identify common birds by sight and sound.  We are especially keen to welcome Atlas volunteers who wish to continue BTO survey work.


Kenfig National Nature Reserve (map)
Sunday 18 March

Bring binoculars, boots or wellingtons and a packed lunch

09:30 – Welcome
09:45 – Introduction to BBS
10:00 – Field recording methodology
10:30 – Tea and coffee
10:45 – Field recording
11:45 – Compiling and discussing results
12:15 – Lunch
13:00 – Habitat recording methodology
13:15 – Habitat recording
14:00 – Compiling and discussing results
14:30 – Summing up
15:00 – Close

Please complete the form below if you’d like to attend, or contact Wayne if you’d like to know more:


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