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Winter Thrushes Survey - Uists and Benbecula

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Winter Thrushes Survey - Uists and Benbecula

Post by UistBTO » 14 Sep 2012, 15:35

The BTO's Winter Thrush Survey has just launched and will last for two winters, the aim is to clarify which are the key habitats and food sources used by passage and wintering thrush species in the UK.

There will be two parts to the survey in 2012/13:-

1. Starts on 12th September 2012, self-selected winter walks whereby any interested person can register their chosen site (defined by the 1-km square in which it starts), draw in their route, and start collecting information on thrushes each time they walk their route. Self-selected sites can be visited as many times as you like throughout the season but ideally about once a month from September to early April. You can sign up for a self-selected site on the BTO website, see link below.

2. Each BTO region has been allocated 20 randomly chosen 1km squares to be surveyed during a specific midwinter period, to take place during the period 27th December 2012 to 10th January 2013. Details of random squares for Benbecula and the Uists are listed below. Contact me (email address below) to be allocated one of these random squares.

The field methodology for the two elements is identical, except in the timing and in that the routes in the randomly allocated sites would generally fall within and cover a 1-km square, whereas there is no such restriction on the routes for the self-selected sites. Surveyors will be asked to walk along their chosen route, recording all thrushes seen along the route, and collecting information on the location of each sighting, key habitat features and food resources associated with each thrush or flock of thrushes detected. There will be no general habitat recording and no habitat recording where no thrushes are detected.

For further information and to sign up for a self-selected site please visit the BTO website: http://www.bto.org/volunteer-surveys/winter-thrushes

For Benbecula and the Uists the 20 randomly chosen 1km squares (with their rough location) are:-

Pabbay

NF9088 (any takers for this one?!)

North Uist

NF7858 (Baleshare)
NF7375 (Scolpaig) - allocated
NF8771 (Moorland south of the A865)
NF8470 (Moorland south of the A865)
NF8670 (Moorland south of the A865)

NF7775 (sand/flats between Vallay and N. Uist)
NF7976 (mostly sea, at the tip of Vallay)

NF7972 (junction of A865 and the Committee road) - allocated
NF7476 (north of the A865)

Grimsay

NF8357 (mostly shore/flats)

Benbecula

NF8346 (on the road to Peter's Port) - allocated

South Uist

NF8232 (near summit of Ben Corrodale!) - allocated
NF7642 (West Geirinish) - allocated
NF7846 (Iochdar) - allocated
NF8143 (Carnan) - allocated
NF7929 (NE of North Locheynort) - allocated

Eriskay

NF7907 (Mostly sea)

Barra

NL6699 (North of Castlebay) - allocated
NF6803 (square includes A888) - allocated


Squares that i would consider to be uncoverable i have marked in green.
If you would like to be allocated one of these squares, or for any further information, please contact me on uistbto@gmail.com

I hope you will be able to participate in this local survey, if you've never taken part in a BTO survey before this would be an ideal one to start with.

Cheers
Yvonne
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Re: Winter Thrushes Survey - Uists and Benbecula

Post by UistBTO » 06 Dec 2012, 17:31

Need help with the online data system for the Winter Thrushes Survey?

The BTO have just published some video tutorials on uTube.

Number 1 and 2 in the series:-

Logging in and choosing a site

Mapping and editing a route
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Re: Winter Thrushes Survey - Uists and Benbecula

Post by UistBTO » 06 Dec 2012, 17:46

Video tutorials number 3 and 4 in the series

Mapping and editing a survey area

Entering and editing your data

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Re: Winter Thrushes Survey - Uists and Benbecula

Post by UistBTO » 04 Jan 2013, 20:32

Could i just post a quick reminder to everyone that the period for the core counts to be completed is rapidly approaching.

The core count period runs from 27th December 2012 to 10th January 2013.

If you are going to have any difficulty surveying your allocated square please could you let me know as soon as possible.

Once again very many thanks to you all.

Yvonne

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