Spring is Here!

March 1, 2012 at 11:10 am Leave a comment

It may be a day late this year, but its 1 March, Daffodils are blooming and the sun is out.  Many resident species are in the throws of breeding. Song Thrushes, Great and Coal tits have been singing for a few weeks.  Promiscuous female Dunnocks are courting, Dippers are nest building and our first migrants are arriving.

Daffodil by freefotouk, on Flickr

Daffodil by freefotouk, on Flickr

What does this all mean? Spring is here and it’s that time of year when our attention turns towards a number of our annual surveys.

Heronries Census
The Heronries Census is and is the longest-running breeding-season bird monitoring scheme in the world.  In East Glamorgan we have eight heronries that have been reasonably stable over the years.

Breeding Bird Survey (BBS)
The BBS is our main source for monitoring population trends in our breeding birds.  We have over 60 1km squares in our region, and a number are vacant.  If you’d like to take part in this important survey then please get in touch, or perhaps sign up for a place on our BBS Training Day.

Waterways Breeding Bird Survey (WBBS)
The WBBS complements BBS, by monitoring riparian species in the breeding season. We have three stretches of river  that contribute to this survey.

Welsh Chat Survey
This is the first survey launched by BTO Wales, and will monitor breeding and habitat use by Stonechats, Whinchats and Wheatears across Wales. Details about the areas covered and methods will be available very soon.

BirdTrack
Though not a survey as such, BirdTrack is an excellent way of recording your migrant sightings and signs of breeding.  It can of course, be used throughout the year and has a variety of tools for tracking species reports across the UK, and for analysing your own data.

If you’d like more details or wish to take part in any of our surveys , then please contact:

Wayne Morris
tel: 01443 430284
e-mail: eastglambto@gmail.com 

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