Tuesday, 21 June 2022

Grey Heron sighting

Scott Watson from Ambergate, Derbyshire, has photographed this Grey Heron visiting his garden pond recently. It was ringed earlier this year at Attenborough NR on 18 March 2022.


Sunday, 5 June 2022

Eurasian-African Migration Atlas

This amazing resource has just been launched:

The BTO sent recently out the following introduction to the project: 

Developed by the EURING Migration Atlas team over the last four years. The core of the Atlas provides interactive, online maps of the migration routes and movement patterns of 300 species. In addition, for around 100 species the maps incorporate tracking data via a live feed from Movebank.

For each species, there is a series of interactive maps showing movements of birds ringed in eight different regions of Europe, movement patterns for each region by month, age and sex differences, patterns according to the cause of recovery and animations showing seasonal movements across the year. All maps include interpretive texts written by an international team of experts, tables and graphs showing the types of data used and supporting references. In contrast to printed atlases, which can become out of date relatively quickly, the online Atlas has been built in a way that will allow it to be updated as new data become available from both EURING and Movebank.

In addition to the core mapping tools and species accounts, the Atlas includes research modules on the spring migration seasons of hunted species, killing of birds by man, migratory connectivity and long-term changes in migration patterns, together with an Executive Summary that draws together its main conservation conclusions.