River Thame Conservation Trust Bird Atlas update: volunteers sought

The Bird Atlas project was launched (in partnership with BTO) in November 2016 as a core part of the Trust’s catchment wide surveying programme, helping to map the range of bird species using the River Thame catchment. Data will also be used to identify differences since the publication of the 1007-11 BTO Atlas. Progress has been fantastic with 39 volunteer bird surveyors signed up so far who have committed to covering 62 Tetrads in this first surveying season (Winter 2016/17 and Spring 2017). This equates to 25% coverage of the full catchment (239 Tetrads) in year 1 of 5 which is great news.

Field-work consists of two visits in the winter between November and February and then 2 visits in the Spring between April and July. To date 40 Tetrads have received their first winter visit and these have built an early catchment species list of 84 including Barn Owl, Brambling, Corn Bunting, Goosander, Grey Partridge, Kingfisher, Lesser Redpoll, Little Egret, Marsh Tit, Reed Bunting, Siskin, Snipe, Stonechat and Water Rail.

There are plenty of opportunities to get involved in the Atlas survey with many Tetrads still available in a wide range of habitats. The catchment is large including the eastern area centring around Aylesbury and Tring, the southern edge running alongside the Chiltern escarpment, the central area centring on Thame, and the western edge including areas of Oxford and the confluence with the River Thames.

If you want to get involved then please contact Nick Marriner at the River Thame Conservation Trust (www.riverthame.org) on 07785 527108 or marrinernick@gmail.com