I am an avid birdwatcher and in recent years have been volunteering in The Nest Record Scheme (NRS), which is run by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO). I grew up in the countryside but now live in South-East London so I can usually be found trying to escape the drudgery of city life in my two local parks (Burgess and Greenwich) climbing trees or crawling through nettles and brambles (ahh that’s better).


During spring this blog will mostly be about my nesting endeavours and hopefully contain lots of photos of beautiful nests, eggs and chicks. Come summer there will still be plenty of nesting to be done, but don’t be surprised if the blog becomes inundated with photographs of butterflies, moths and other wildlife, because that’s just how it goes…


“Safe and successful nest monitoring requires that you follow the guidelines provided by the BTO’s Code of Conduct for Nest Recorders. Remeber that the welfare of the birds is of paramount importance – if you are not convinced that you can approach a nest without influencing the outcome, then do not attempt to do so.” – A Field Guide to Monitoring Nests, by Ferguson-Lees, Castell and Leech.

Anyone can join the NRS. All it involves is finding birds’ nests (quite challenging!), revisiting the nests and recording any progress, and finally, submitting your data to the BTO at the end of the season. The data is then used by the BTO to observe trends in breeding performance and identify any species that may be declining due to difficulties at the nesting stage. The data is also used to highlight the impacts of pressures such as climate change and loss of habitat on bird productivity. So, pretty serious stuff, but also really good fun! Honestly, finding a birds nest is like finding treasure. You should try it.


7 thoughts on “About”

  1. Thank you for the follow. I love what I’ve briefly seen of your blog so far and look forward to looking more closely. What a lucky man you are, climbing trees, and seeing so much that most people don’t even register in their daily lives. I’ve climbed the odd tree or fifty, although a very long time ago now. Once fell out of an oak after some older boys threw ferns (used as spears) at me! That’s another story that may appear on meritings sometime!

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  2. Hi Sam, like the blog, drop in from time to time. A friend is trying to identify a couple of strangers that turned up on his bird table in Rugby and he managed to get a few snaps of them. He asked if I could identify them and I said that I couldn’t but I know a man that might. Send me your email address and I’ll forward them on to you.


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