The agenda has not been finalised so we are asking you what you would like. We can offer an introduction to BBS, update on BirdTrack, learn about the Waterways Breeding Bird Survey, the Wetland Bird Survey, the Heronries Census or the 2015 House Martin Survey. The Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) always needs new surveyors and there are some vacant squares this year as volunteers retire or move away from the area.
Kelvin Jones the BTO Cymru Development Officer will be hosting the meeting. Tea and coffee and afternoon refreshments will be available.
Please contact Kelvin if you’d like to attend:
BTO Wales Development Officer
BTO Cymru, Thoday Building, Deiniol Road, Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 2UW
There will be a coordinated census of Golden Plovers across Europe this weekend of 11-12 October, repeating comparable surveys carried out in 2008 and 2003.
The majority of Golden Plover are concentrated in northwest Europe in October, making it the best time to assess the population. As in 2008, the BTO will be collating all counts of Golden Plover within the framework of an International Wader Study Group project.
In our region, Sker Point near Porthcawl is a good spot to see Golden Plover flocks, with upto 140 seen at high tide in recent weeks. This weekend, high tide is at 08:49am on Saturday and 09:24am on Sunday. Elsewhere, flocks can sometimes be seen congregating on hill tops such as Cefn Eglwysilan, Mynydd y Glyn and Werfa.
For the UK, Golden Plover numbers provided through standard WeBS Core Counts will represent the key source of data in combination with records provided through BirdTrack.
Volunteers are encouraged to submit counts of Golden Plover (and Lapwing) into BirdTrack over the weekend.
The aim of WCBS is to get a representative picture of the status of butterflies in widespread habitats such as lowland intensive farmland and upland grassland and moorland. Results of the 2010 survey are now online.
The survey is carried out on your usual BBS route to enable future comparisons between birds and butterflies. The survey requires that you make separate visits between June and August (i.e. in addition to BBS visits) to your BBS square, recording butterflies with optional recording of day-flying moths and dragonflies.
More details about the survey and its methodology are available.
If you have any questions about WCBS, please contact:
BBS National Organiser
tel: 01843 750050
With the first Wheatears arriving in Glamorgan, we know that spring is around the corner and that means the annual BBS is just a few weeks away.
I’ve just sent out a batch of surveys forms to those volunteers who carry out this important survey each year. We have over 60 surveyable squares in our region, with 36 currently taken. There is therefore, a good number of squares currently unallocated from right across the county.
If you’d like to find out more or would like to get involved, then please get in touch.
The late Colin Bibby’s classic text Bird Census Techniques is currently on offer from NHBS at £31.99, a saving of £22 off the usual price.
Though over a decade old now, it is still the primary text for both professional and amateur ornithologists interested in the wide range of methods used to survey wild birds. Each technique is described in detail along with their shortcomings.
This may be a good time to add this interesting and useful text to your bookshelf.