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RSPB Swift “point count” survey

TWO 10-minute counts, one conducted between 16 May & 15 June, and the second between 16 June & 15 July.

This survey involves two 10-minute point counts of flying swift parties, across towns and cities. Their main aim in 2013 is to trial the point count method and gather feedback on its practicality. They hope then to conduct some validation surveys in 2014 to assess how point counts relate to the local abundance of breeding swifts, and ultimately to generate a ‘city index’ of changing swift abundance over time. This survey is intended for cities and large towns.

I have been in touch with Will Peach, Head of Research Delivery Section, Conservation Science Dept. at The Lodge, who says the surveys can be done by one person, or several people in a large town. Each surveyor can do as many 10-minute surveys as they can manage in one evening. The point counts must be spaced out at least 100m apart. There is no need for all point counts within a particular town or village to be done at the same time or on the same day. He did emphasis that it would be better if the same person conducted both the early and late surveys at any particular location.

If you feel you can help I will send you the forms with more details.

Any queries please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it - Audrey


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