Wealden Heaths Breeding Birds Survey (West Sussex)

Surveyor needed urgently from 2022

This long running survey monitors 21 breeding species with emphasis on heathland specialists by the simple method of detecting males holding territory. The core heaths of West Sussex have been surveyed for over 20 years and we are now in need of a surveyor for the important site of Weavers Down SU8130 (centre grid ref)

Directly adjoining the much larger area of Weavers Down in Hampshire the Sussex area is a long tongue of land with a mix of open/ wooded heath and acid grassland. Nightjar, Woodlark, Dartford Warbler, Tree Pipit and Stonechat are the prime targets for the survey; however Redstart, Linnet and Common Whitethroat are also present.

The Survey starts in mid-February, (to find the Woodlark taking up their territories) and carries on until late June. We try to cover the individual sites entirely on at least four occasions, including one early year visit as mentioned, and two visits (more if you have the inclination and the time) about two weeks apart during May when song activity is at its peak. There will be at least one evening visit in May or June to detect Nightjar and Woodcock.

The survey is not particularly demanding but the continuous nature of it over more than 20 years has enabled us to providing excellent data, assisting with management and other conservation issues.

If you are interested please contact Alan Perry for more details on 01798 344417 or email ap@alanperry.uk.com