Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Nest recording

It's been said before that we aren't a Group driven by totals and numbers, but we do recognise that if more records are submitted and analysed then more accurate and thorough information is produced.

So one total we can be proud of, according to Lifecycle magazine, is the number of nest records we are submitting to the BTO.

Following the monitoring of a Tree sparrow colony from 2004 to its final demise in 2010, the number of our nest submissions fell but since 2014 they have been increasing.

The two main reasons for this are that we now submit more nest records for the large nest boxes we check, and the work of Kev and Phil at a Sand Martin colony in the newly created artificial Sand Martin bank at Attenborough Nature Reserve.

The table of nest record contributors published in Lifecycle shows that we are still way behind other Groups and individuals who submit nest records but we are happy that we are contributing meaningful data to the BTO.

Mick P

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