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Survey Name (with web link if available)Recorder (with email link)
LDBWS Records & Surveys
Birds of the District (LDBWS)
Nest Boxes (LDBWS)
Mute Swan Survey (NW Swan Study Group/LDBWS)Mac & Sheila Cooper
Most of the breeding sites of Mute Swan are picked up each year on the River Lune and the Canal. However, pairs breeding on other sites are not generally noted and this year we are trying to measure the total number of breeding pairs in our area. Please contact Mac and Sheila Cooper with your records. (More details ..)
Oystercatcher & Ringed Plover (LDBWS)Kevin Briggs
Kevin Briggs is planning a survey of breeding Oystercatchers and Ringed Plover.
BTO Representative: Position vacant
Breeding Bird Survey (BTO)
This is one of the most important nationwide bird surveys carried out. It is used to monitor changes in the population of our more common birds. It is run jointly by the BTO with the RSPB and Joint Nature Conservation Committee. The survey consists of walking two transects of a 1km grid square and recording the species and number of birds encountered. This is carried out twice in the breeding season.
Results can now be submitted electronically and results can be viewed on the BTO web site.
If you would like to take part in this survey click on the link above and follow the on-screen instructions to register your interest.
Nest Record Scheme (BTO)
Only 3 members of the society submitting nest records in 2003. The BTO is concerned about the reduction in the number of "open nest records" being submitted. The NRS is important as it is used to monitor nesting success, including the number of eggs laid, hatching and fledging outcomes together with information on nesting sites.
The BTO provides detailed guidance on nest recording without disturbing breeding birds. Records can be submitted on cards or electronically.
Ringing (BTO)John Wilson
Waterways Breeding Bird Survey (BTO)
This is a survey of rivers and canals using a similar transect method to the BBS. Only two recording visits are required between April and June. 3 plots along the Lancaster Canal have become available. Please contact Jean Roberts if you would like to take on one of the plots.
WeBS Wildfowl & Wader Counts (Coastal)Jean Roberts (JeanRbrts6 [at] aol [dot] com
WeBS Wildfowl & Wader Counts (Inland)Pete Marsh
Heronries Survey 2004 (BTO)
This is the longest running bird survey which started in 1928 and was taken over by the BTO in 1934. We have several heronries in our area and we would like to know if any new heronries are established. All our known heronries are visited annually to count the number of occupied nests.
BirdTrack is an online bird recording project that will monitor migration, seasonal movements and map the distribution of scarce birds (not rarities or rare breeding birds) and is organised by BTO on behalf of BTO, RSPB and BirdWatch Ireland.

BirdTrack welcomes your sightings of winter visitors such as Redwing, Fieldfare, Brambling, geese and swans so that we can track the arrival of these species. We are also interested in records of late summer visitors so we can map their departure.

You can enter your records on the BirdTrack website:

BTO/CJ Garden Bird Watch
This is a popular all year nationwide survey, which involves recording wild birds in your garden. It costs �12 a year to be involved in the scheme and participants receive a quarterly magazine, "The Bird Table". Contact Mike Toms at the BTO.
North Lancs Ringing Group website
Ringing Recoveries : send copy of details to:-John Wilson
Colour rings : send details of sightings for the three local colour ringing projects as follows:
Mute Swans (NW Swan Study Group) - Mac & Sheila Cooper.
Bearded TitJohn Wilson
Ringed Plover Kevin Briggs or Andrew Cadman

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