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Winter rock pipit survey 2016-2017

There will be a Sussex survey for rock pipits running this winter. Currently there is insufficient information available nationally for the calculation of a winter population estimate for rock pipits. The focus of this Sussex-only survey will be counting numbers of rock pipits along defined stretches of coast, and covering all coastal and estuarine habitats. The aim of the survey is to gain more information about wintering numbers of rock pipits in Sussex, and to find out how these wintering numbers vary in different habitats, e.g. rocky shores compared with pebble beaches and saltmarshes. We have information from atlas studies about the distribution of rock pipits in Sussex in the winter, but no information about numbers based on systematic studies.

This survey will run until the end of February and for each stretch ideally two or three visits will be made over the winter.

Volunteers are needed to cover stretches of the coast or edges of estuaries and harbours. Volunteers should choose the stretch they would like to cover (but see the list below), and then simply register this with Helen Crabtree ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ), with the approximate start and end points of the chosen stretch; the recording form and other information will then be supplied. Stretches can be any length but would ideally be at least 1-2 km and could cover beach, rocky shore, saltmarsh, riverbank or estuary habitats, anywhere in Sussex. Surveys of coastal stretches with few or no rock pipits will be just as valuable as surveys of areas where there are many rock pipits, so regular coastal walks that volunteers are doing anyway could be registered for this survey even if rock pipits are rarely seen.

Please contact Helen Crabtree at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it if you are interested or would like further information.


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