Some Thoughts on My 2013 BTO Breeding Bird Survey Visits

The BTO’s Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) is a corking survey to take part in. On a national scale, you’re making an invaluable contribution to the tracking of the fortunes of our breeding birds, which in turn informs conservation efforts. On a more local level, taking part also provides you with a ready-made 1km square ‘patch’.... Continue Reading →

BBS – A Tale of Two Squares

New recruit, Alex Pollard, sent us this account of her first two outings as a BBS surveyor. I signed up to do 2 BBS this year – and at first I thought they would be hugely different. One is in Leckwith, Cardiff – with the Cardiff City Stadium in the middle of the square, and the other... Continue Reading →

Counting Butterflies

In recent weeks a few butterflies have braved the elements, and taken to the wing. I've seen Brimstones, Speckled Woods and Orange-tips so far, but as the season marches on, more and more species will emerge, and thoughts turn towards the Wider Countryside Butterfly Survey, an ongoing project is a partnership between BTO, Butterfly Conservation and CEH.... Continue Reading →

Breeding Bird Survey – Because It’s Worth It!

It’s what makes dragging yourself out of bed on a cold, grey East Glamorgan ‘spring’ morning worthwhile – a new ‘tick’ on your Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) square. When I looked out of the window today at 6am the weather didn’t look that promising for a nice morning’s surveying/birding at ST1995, my 1km BBS square... Continue Reading →

Volunteers Sign-up for BBS

An enjoyable joint east and west Glamorgan BBS Training Day took place at Kenfig National Nature Reserve on 18 March.  Eleven volunteers were introduced to the BBS (Breeding Bird Survey), its background and methodology.  A couple of sessions on the reserve, demonstrated the practical aspects of plotting transect routes and recording birds and habitat along... Continue Reading →

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