Volunteer bird surveyors wanted!

Fri, 2017-02-10 16:05
Bird surveys

There are breeding birds throughout Morecambe Bay, with some areas being better than others for a whole variety of reasons. Knowing what species breed where and in what numbers will inform and guide our work towards making things better for breeding birds.

We are seeking volunteers to help gather important information about breeding birds at key places around the Bay. You may be birdwatcher, already informally recording what you see. You can help us. We are looking for people who have the skills, or want to hone existing skills, to survey particular areas this year and next. Volunteers will use a methodology that is repeatable each year. We hope this will be the start of a long-term monitoring programme.

So why monitor birds in particular? Birds are brilliant indicators of habitat quality and change. When birds depend upon a habitat functioning in a particular way, the population can tell us how that ecosystem in functioning. Being so mobile means changes in bird populations can be seen fairly rapidly. So finding out which birds breed in those habitats, and monitoring change over time is vital to our understanding.

You will be trained on the ecology of key species, as well as honing identification skills and mapping what you see and hear. You will also be shown how to use that information to draw conclusions. We are looking for people to 'adopt' sites so that they really get to know a place and the breeding birds there.

Equipment and materials will be provided, and we will have someone dedicated to help and support volunteers. 

For further information, please contact Annabelle Kennedy

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