Bird Surveyors Needed

Bird Surveyors Needed

Over the past few years the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust has been carrying out extensive surveying on its reserves, in order to try and establish exactly what wildlife we have out there and how strong the populations are. A dedicated team of volunteers mainly carries out the survey work, and BBOWT is looking for more keen birders to help with this important project.

Most sites need two visits during the breeding season, with the survey visits taking place in the surveyors? own time. A set transect route through the site is walked and numbers of birds both seen and heard are recorded. A few sites need specific species surveys, such as for nightjars.

The information received is then recorded on BBOWT?s database and results are fed back into site management to ensure that our reserves support healthy bird populations.

If you would be interested in helping or would like some more information please contact Debbie Lewis at BBOWT on 01865 775476, or write to 1 Armstrong Road, Littlemore, Oxford, OX4 4AT.

Alternatively, if you feel you cannot commit the time to help with a full survey, you can still help by collecting ad hoc records whilst out and about on BBOWT?s reserves. Please send in any records made on BBOWT?s reserves, all records are useful.

2 March 2005