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  • Whitethroat by Alan Jack
  • Black Grouse by Chris Barlow

Breeding Birds Survey

Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) – 2018
Thanks go to everyone who helped. 

The BTO/JNCC/RSPB Breeding Bird Survey is the main scheme for monitoring the changing fortunes of the UK’s common breeding birds, generating population trends used to set conservation priorities.  In Northumberland and Tyneside, over 70 1km squares have been surveyed since the survey began in 1994, many for over 20 years. The squares are chosen randomly and cover all available habitats, reflecting the percentage of land use in the area.

After an initial reconnaissance visit in March to set up the transect route, two morning field recording visits are required:  Early – April/May: Late – late May/ June, at least four weeks apart. All birds seen and heard should be recorded, as well as habitat details.  There is also an optional mammal section to this.  The object is to visit the site at the same time each year, or as close as possible, to enable comparisons to be made.

To find out more about both these surveys visit the British Trust for Ornithology’s BBS website at www.bto.org/bbs

Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) – 2019

The BTO/JNCC/RSPB Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) is the main scheme for monitoring the population changes of the UK’s common breeding birds. It is a national volunteer project aimed at keeping track of changes in the breeding populations of widespread bird species in the UK. Wild bird populations are an important indicator of the health of the countryside, and knowing to what extent bird populations are increasing or decreasing is fundamental to bird conservation.
This survey involves two early-morning visits through April, May and June to a randomly selected 1-km square, to count all the birds seen or heard while walking two 1-km transects across the square. Basic habitat details are required, with an option to record mammals. For those with free time later in the season another visit can be made for a Butterfly Survey.
Northumberland has 120 1km squares assigned for coverage, with nearly 100 allocated. Below is a list of accessible available squares. Of you’d like to take part please either register with BTO on the BBS website or contact Muriel Cadwallender at tomandmurielcadwallender@hotmail.com.

For a list of available squares   Click Here