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Survey – Breeding Bird Survey


Breeding Bird Survey (BBS)


This national monitoring scheme is administered by the BTO and jointly funded by the BTO, JNCC and RSPB. It has been running since 1994 and its primary aim is to provide population trends for common and widespread bird species in the UK.

Survey plots are randomly-selected 1-km squares of the National Grid, and the same squares are surveyed each year. Volunteers visit their squares three times each year during the breeding season, once to record simple habitat data, and twice to walk a fixed route, recording birds seen and heard. There are more than 150 BBS squares across Sussex, covering every type of habitat, and new volunteers are always needed.

Volunteers must be able to recognise common and widespread birds, but previous experience of survey work is not necessary. Help and support from experienced volunteers can be arranged if required.

The BBS squares (asterisks indicate priority squares that have been surveyed before) in Sussex which currently need volunteers for the 2017 breeding season are (updated 21/10/16):

SU7802 Cobnor Point
SU7907 Funtington
SU8027 near Rake*
SU8029 near Liss Forest*
SU8624 Tote Hill near Midhurst
SU9017 Heyshott*
SU9113 East Dean*
SU9127 near Fernhurst*
SU9216 Graffham Down*
SU9618 Coultershaw Bridge* (Waterways BBS: River Rother)
SZ7996 East Wittering*
TQ0124 near Kirdford*
TQ0205 near Lyminster*
TQ0322 near Wisborough Green*
TQ0625 near Billingshurst*
TQ2131 St Leonard’s Forest*
TQ2904 Hove*
TQ4136 Ashurst Wood*
TQ4806 near Firle*
TQ4817 near Isfield*
TQ5211 near Golden Cross*
TQ5502 near Jevington*
TQ6706 Hooe Level
TQ6727 near Stonegate*
TQ6927 nr Etchingham*
TQ7028 near Hurst Green

For further information, please contact Helen Crabtree, 01444 441687,