Breeding Bird Survey


Spotted Flycatcher by Barry StalkerThe Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) is the main scheme for monitoring population changes of common and widespread birds. The results are fundamental to bird conservation, and are used by Government and non-governmental organisations to set conservation priorities.

Last year, Hampshire BBS volunteers surveyed over 100 randomly-selected 1-km squares. In 2010, it will be absolutely vital that we get really good coverage so that we can assess the impact of this winter’s weather. But we do need more BBS observers please!

At the moment, there are two squares where volunteer help is especially needed:

SU1802 – Kingston Gt Common, SU4007 – Applemore.

If you live not too far from one of these squares, please consider taking on a BBS this year. Or if you already do a BBS, then maybe you’d like to do another one in a different habitat?

The methodology is very simple, and requires just two visits during the breeding season, recording all the birds observed along a set route. For more information, see the BBS pages of the BTO website.

If you can help, please contact Glynne Evans (For address details, please see the Scientific Committee page.)