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The 2021 national Turtle Dove survey

“The national survey hopes to mobilise volunteers, farmers, study groups, county bird clubs and other organisations to record turtle dove across their UK range. The results of the survey will give us a comprehensive overview of the current size and distribution of the UK’s breeding turtle dove population. This will allow us to assess the […]

BTO Breeding Bird Survey: new squares available

Some priority BBS squares have recently become available and although the survey season has started there is still time for new volunteers to join in this year. New volunteers are now being sought for SU8521 at Stedham Common, SU9400 at Lidsey Rife near Felpham, TQ1520 near Dial Post/Knepp Castle and TQ3834 at Weirwood Reservoir. The […]

Annual breeding woodcock monitoring 2021

New volunteers in Sussex are being sought to help to monitor national breeding woodcock numbers. Annual monitoring of roding woodcocks has taken place at a number of sites across the UK each year since 2003; a summary of the results can be found at http://www.bto.org/volunteer-surveys/woodcock-survey/results. Three visits to a site are required between 1st May […]

Rare Breeding Birds

The Rare Breeding Birds Panel has updated the guidance on its website regarding the reporting of sensitive rare breeding birds during the breeding season – see here – and there is a blog here. Please familiarise yourself with this advice. For Sussex, Marsh Harrier, Woodlark and Dartford Warbler should be treated in the same way. […]

SOS Marsh Tit Survey 2021 Update

The 2020 Marsh Tit survey had to be abandoned mid-way through 2020 due to the first Covid-19 lockdown. Nevertheless 29 squares were surveyed, although in some of these only one of the two planned visits were made. The survey has now been cautiously restarted in a manner consistent with government rules and BTO guidance. All […]

Forestry England Survey Volunteers Needed

Forestry England are looking for volunteers to survey a number of their woodlands in Sussex. A list of sites can be seen here. If you are interested or have any questions please contact Jadie Baker at jadie.baker@forestryengland.uk. The survey methodology is not exactly the same as for the BBS, but is easy to use.

SOS Marsh Tit survey 2021

The 2020 Marsh Tit survey had to be abandoned mid-way through 2020 due to the first Covid-19 lockdown. Nevertheless 29 squares were surveyed, although in some of these only one of the two planned visits were made. The survey has now been cautiously restarted in a manner consistent with government rules and BTO guidance. All […]

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