On 26 March, we were pleased to hold our first local BTO Open Day at Parc Slip NR. Over twenty members and volunteers joined us to meet friends, old and new, and share our interest in bird studies.
We were pleased to hear Dr Rob Parry of the Wildlife Trust of South & West Wales describe conservation activity around the reserve as it tries to protect and create suitable breeding for little ringed plover and lapwing on this former coalfield site.
Next, Kelvin Jones, BTO Cymru’s Development Officer, gave a news update from BTO and explained how volunteers can get involved with a range of volunteer surveys.
Dan and Wayne then shared information about the House Martin Survey and Nest Record Scheme, before we all enjoyed lunch at the reserve’s excellent coffee shop. The indoor session concluded with local updates on BBS and WeBS.
Most volunteers then opted to join one of the field exercises where we ran through the methodology involved in conducting a BBS survey or learned the art of nest finding. Though bird numbers were low, we were able to use the call method to detect a few species and map and habitat code our transect routes. A partially built long-tailed tit nest, and sitting song thrush were reward for the nest finders.
Thanks to all participants who made the day a success, and to those volunteering for their first BTO survey.
Good luck, and we look forward to our next event.