Taking Part

Getting involved as a survey volunteer

Fieldwork runs from April to December 2018, prioritizing sites with willow tit records in the last 10 years (please refer to locations map), although records from other areas are welcome. For core sites we are looking for a minimum of 2 visits during the breeding season (at least 1 in each of the periods April to May and June to July), plus at least 2 visits in the post-breeding season, to the end of the year.

For each survey the date, location (preferably using an 8 or 10 figure grid reference) and number of birds seen and/or heard should be logged. Where possible, we would like participants to use the breeding evidence codes for birds recorded during the breeding season.  Also, please record data about the habitat where birds were seen.

Please contact Wayne Morris if you wish to take part.

Recording sheet

A Field Recording Sheet is available to log all visits, and includes both breeding and habitat codes.

What are the breeding evidence codes?

The Project follows the standard set of criteria used across Europe for all atlas work. On your survey visits please apply the highest level of breeding evidence you record using the codes below:

Possible breeder

  • H – Suitable habitat
  • S – Singing male

Probable breeder

  • P – Pair
  • T – Permanent territory
  • D – Courtship / display
  • N – Visiting nest
  • A – Agitated behaviour
  • I – Incubating bird
  • B – Nest building

Confirmed breeder

  • DD – Distraction display
  • UN – Used nest or eggshells
  • FL – Fledged young
  • ON – Occupied nest
  • FF – Adult carrying food / faecal sac
  • NE – Nest with eggs
  • NY – Nest with young

What are the habitat codes?

The Project follows the standard set of criteria used for many BTO surveys. On your survey visits please apply the highest level of breeding evidence you record using the codes below:

A – Woodland

1 – Broad-leaved
2 – Coniferous
3 – Mixed (10% of each)
4 – Broad-leaved water-logged
5 – Coniferous water-logged
6 – Mixed water-logged

B – Scrubland

1 – Regenerating natural or semi-natural
2 – Downland (chalk)
3 – Heath scrub
4 – Young coppice
5 – New plantation
6 – Clear-felled with or without new saplings
7 – Other

C – Semi-natural Grassland / Marsh

1 – Chalk downland
2 – Grass moor (unenclosed)
3 – Grass moor mixed with heather (unenclosed)
4 – Machair
5 – Other dry grassland
6 – Water-meadow / grazing marsh
7 – Reed swamp
8 – Other open marsh
9 – Saltmarsh

D – Heathland and Bogs

1 – Dry heath
2 – Wet heath
3 – Mixed heath
4 – Bog
5 – Breckland
6 – Drained bog
7 – Bare peat

E – Farmland

1 – Improved grassland
2 – Unimproved grassland
3 – Mixed grass / tilled land
4 – Orchard
5 – Other farming

F – Human Sites

1 – Urban
2 – Suburban
3 – Rural

G – Waterbodies

1 – Pond (less than 50m² )
2 – Small waterbody (50-450m² )
3 – Lake / unlined reservoir
4 – Lined reservoir
5 – Gravel pit / sand pit
6 – Stream (<3m wide)
7 – River (>3m wide)
8 – Ditch with water (<2m wide)
9 – Small canal (2-5m wide)
10 – Large canal (>5m wide)

H – Coastal

1 – Marine – open shore
2 – Marine shore – inlet / cove / loch
3 – Estuarine
4 – Brackish lagoon
5 – Open sea

I – Inland Rock

1 – Cliff
2 – Scree / boulder slope
3 – Limestone pavement
4 – Other rock outcrop
5 – Quarry
6 – Mine / spoil / slag heap
7- Cave

J – Miscellaneous

Expenses

Volunteers may claim travel expenses at 30p per mile from Glamorgan Bird Club, recording the date and distance travelled for each survey visit. Claims are to be submitted at the end of the April/May and the June/July recording periods, using the Expenses Claim Form.

Please seek advance approval if intending to make more than 10 visits to any site.

The GBC Health & Safety Policy and Code of Conduct for Volunteers also apply.

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