Breeding Bird Survey Training

Enrich your experience, gain confidence in your skills and add value to your birding

Would you like to join a team of almost 3,000 volunteers across the UK who help monitor the fortunes of our most common and widespread breeding birds? The Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) is designed to be a simple and enjoyable birdwatching exercise. It involves three visits a year to an allocated 1-km square to count all the birds you see or hear there. You don’t need to be an expert to take part, but you need to be able to identify the birds you’re likely to encounter in your square by sight and sound. Why not find out more about taking part by joining us on this training event at Rudry Parish Hall, near Caerphilly, on Sunday, 15 March?

During the course you will learn and practise the survey methods for BBS. The day will combine indoor and outdoor sessions and focus on improving your confidence and skills to encourage you to participate in the survey.

The aim of the day is to provide you with the following:

  • guidance on carrying out the BBS from experienced surveyors
  • confidence in planning your visit to your survey square
  • experience of recording very basic habitat types
  • an opportunity to practice the BBS to improve your observation and recording skills.

Please note: this course will not cover bird ID, in which participants should already be proficient.

This course is specifically targeted at increasing BBS coverage in Glamorgan and Gwent and therefore we are able to offer it at no cost to participants.

Refreshments will be provided.  You should also bring binoculars and suitable footwear and warm/waterproof clothing for the outdoor sessions.

When: 15 March 2020, 8:30 to 13:00

Where: Rudry Parish Hall, Rudry, Caerphilly CF83 3EH

Places are limited, therefore booking is essential using the form below.


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