Wetland Bird Survey / Breeding Bird Survey Taster Day: 1 April

To give those of you who don’t already take part, or perhaps act as a refresher if you do, Ben Carpenter, local Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS) organiser, and John Melling, local Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) organiser will cover, in a very informal way, what is expected of surveyors in terms of commitment and id skills. They will provide a flavour of what it is like to take part in the fieldwork and provide tips on basic identification of wildfowl and breeding birds.  Hopefully we will be able to recruit some extra surveyors to maintain and improve local coverage of both schemes.  

WeBS is the ongoing survey of our wintering wildfowl population whereas BBS provides trends in the breeding population of around 100 resident and migrant species.  

Please let Ben or John know if you are interested in attending.  

Email: bencarpenter293@gmail.com 

Email: johnmelling765@btinternet.com

Do also make contact if you are not able to attend the Taster Day but would still like to undertake either survey.  

Meet at Rushy Common (near Stanton Harcourt) at 09:30.

Rushy Common Nature Reserve and Tar Lakes are found to the south east of Witney, on Cogges Lane, a single track road that runs from Cogges to Stanton Harcourt. The Ordnance Survey grid reference is: SP 380 075, the nearest post code is OX29 6UJ.

Map of the sites (pdf format, 7.5Mb)