Long-term monitoring in Scotland
Our current priorities in Scotland are:
- To increase Breeding Bird Survey coverage of the uplands and remoter areas of the north and west Scotland, areas where it has traditionally been more difficult to attract volunteer surveyors (see map).
- To increase Waterways Breeding Bird Survey coverage and complementary approaches to fill current gaps in our knowledge of river birds in Scotland.
- To support the Wetland Bird Survey and enhance its coverage of smaller waterbodies in Scotland.
- To encourage the use of the BirdTrack recording system in Scotland to maximise its value for measuring changes in the timing of bird movements and collecting spatially explicit information for conservation management purposes. We work with the SOC to encourage the Scottish bird recording community to use BirdTrack (e.g. through the Integrated Bird Recording in Scotland initiative).
- To encourage participation in Garden BirdWatch in Scotland, to enhance coverage of garden biodiversity recording and as an entry-level scheme for volunteers to gain skills and confidence ready to participate in other long-term monitoring activities.
- To encourage participation in all other surveys and monitoring relevant to Scottish birds (see Volunteer Surveys), as resources allow and where particular Scottish needs are identified.
Staff Contacts: Chris Wernham & ben.darvill [at] bto.org (Ben Darvill).
BTO Conference 2020
The 2020 BTO Conference is available to view online. Catch up on a wealth of interesting talks and panels celebrating the efforts of BTO volunteers and members.
Our volunteers: the beating heart of BTO data
Head and Principal Ecologist, David Noble, shares why volunteer-collected data are so important for an organisation like BTO.