HOS Nightingale Survey


Nightingale by Bob MarchantThe Nightingale was surveyed nationally by the BTO in 1976, 1980, 1999 and 2012. The last of these was only a partial survey of likely tetrads. The results showed a total of 61 territories, while other records submitted to HOS involved a further 5 territories. The total of 66 compares with 105-123 territories located in the previous national survey in 1999. This population drop mirrors the decline in range between the two breeding atlas projects covering 1986–1991 and 2008-2012, which showed a 76% reduction in range down to just 59 tetrads and disappearance from 183 tetrads. Recent observations suggest a further decline since 2012, and in 2018 HOS will work with HIWWT to carry out a complete survey of known breeding areas with a view to both confirming their presence, and offering management advice to landowners. 


To help with this 2018 survey please contact Trevor Codlin at HIWWT. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.