ABOUT THIS BLOG
ABOUT THE NEST RECORD SCHEME
“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.