Have you ever considered becoming a BTO nest recorder but felt unsure about how to get started?
BTO’s Nest Record Scheme (NRS) gathers vital information on the breeding success of Britain’s birds by asking volunteers to find and follow the progress of individual birds’ nests. This important data can form a key part of the information required to help the conservation of birds now, and in the future.
Anyone can be a nest recorder, no matter how experienced you are as a birder. It is a highly rewarding Scheme to be involved with, improving your general birdwatching and observation skills and therefore your enjoyment of birding.
Until very recently, there were very few people nest recording regularly in Glamorgan. We’re glad to say that numbers have started to grow slowly over the last few years and there are the beginnings of a network of nest recorders in the county.
However, to put nest recording on a more sustainable footing locally, and across Wales, we’re looking to recruit more volunteers to contribute to this important scheme.
With this in mind, a Nest Record Scheme Taster Day for new volunteers will be held at Rudry Common, near Caerphilly, between 8:00am – 4:00pm, 13 May 2018.
The day will be run by members of the Fledgemore Nest Recording Group, and provides an introduction to monitoring nests, how to follow the all-important Code of Conduct to ensure monitoring does not influence the outcome of nests, as well as a few hours in the field for some supported practice searching for a variety of different species’ nests. There will be a charge of £10 per person to cover costs. If there is any money left over will be donated to the BTO.
Spaces on this event are limited. If you’re interested in attending or would like more information, please contact:
h: 029 20 621394
m: 07703 607601
More information about the Nest Records Scheme is available online. We’ve also written short articles about nest recording on this site over the last few years – articles which will hopefully give you some further personal insight about the experiences of taking part in the Scheme:
- A New Generation of Nest Recorders: BTO Glamorgan Nest Recording Day 2017
- Discover a Lost Art
- “I’ve got an endoscope, and I’m not afraid to use it!” – Tales of a BTO Nest Record Scheme training weekend
- The 2014 BTO Nest Record Scheme Season in Glamorgan