Sarah Harris

Position

BBS National Organiser

Role

 

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Sarah Harris

I am responsible for managing the BTO/JNCC/RSPB Breeding Bird Survey, the Waterways Breeding Bird Survey and assisting with the coordination of the Regional Network - our network of volunteer Regional Representatives, Organisers and Ambassadors.

Qualifications

BSc (Hons) Countryside Conservation, Aberystwyth University, Ceredigion, 2005-2008
A’ Permit bird ringer, 2008
Coastal Powerboat Level 2 certificate, 2011

Research Interests/Responsibilities

I am responsible for the national coordination of the Breeding Bird Survey (BBS), which involves working closely with the Regional Network to ensure effective delivery of the scheme. Responsibilities include maintenance of databases, production of reporting outputs, BBS promotion and liaison with the volunteer network and the BBS Partner organisations (JNCC & RSPB).

I also work in partnership with Butterfly Conservation and the Centre for Hydrology and Ecology in order to coordinate the Wider Countryside Butterfly Survey (WCBS) on BBS survey squares.

I have always been interested monitoring birds (and other taxa) and making that data available as widely as possible for use in research and conservation.

Other Information

Prior to undertaking my current role, I have worked as Estate and then Ornithological Warden on the Calf of Man Bird Observatory, which involved various bird monitoring and ringing activities. This was followed by the role of Assistant Warden on Skomer Island and then onto the position of White-tailed Eagle Officer on the Isle of Skye - plotting all White-tailed Eagle nests and territories across Skye and neighbouring islands.

I am a very keen birder, bird recorder and have been a ringer since the age of 13. I am on the Rye Meads Ringing Group committee and have a particular interest in witnessing and recording bird migration, seawatching and moth recording. 

Selected Publications

  • Harris, S.J., Massimino, D., Newson, S.E., Eaton, M.A, Marchant, J.H., Balmer, D.E., Noble, D.G., Gillings, S., Procter, D. & Pearce-Higgins, J.W. 2016. The Breeding Bird Survey 2015. BTO Research Report 687. British Trust for Ornithology, Thetford.

  • Robinson, R.A., Leech, D.I., ​Massimino, D., ​Woodward, I., Eglington, S.M., ​​Marchant, J.H., ​Sullivan, M.J.P., ​Barimore, C., Dadam, D., Hammond, M.J., Harris, S.J., Noble, D.G., Walker, R.H. & Baillie, S.R. 2016. BirdTrends 2016: trends in numbers, breeding success and survival for UK breeding birds. Research Report 691. BTO, Thetford. www.bto.org/birdtrends

  • Robinson, R.A., Marchant, J.H., Leech, D.I., Massimino, D., Sullivan, M.J.P., Eglington, S.M., Barimore, C., Dadam, D., Downie, I.S., Hammond, M.J., Harris, S.J., Noble, D.G., Walker, R.H. & Baillie, S.R. 2015. BirdTrends 2015: trends in numbers, breeding success and survival for UK breeding birds. Research Report 678. BTO, Thetford. www.bto.org/birdtrends

  • Hayhow, D.B., Bond, A.L., Eaton, M.A., Grice, P.V., Hall, C., Hall, J., Harris, S.J., Hearn, R.D., Holt, C.A., Noble, D.G., Stroud, D.A. & Wotton, S. 2015. The state of the UK’s birds 2015. RSPB, BTO, WWT, JNCC, NE, NIEA, NRW & SNH, Sandy, Bedfordshire. 
     
  • Harris, S.J., Massimino, D., Newson, S.E., Eaton, M.A., Balmer, D.E., Noble, D.G., Musgrove, A.J., Gillings, S., Procter, D. & Pearce-Higgins, J.W. 2015. The Breeding Bird Survey 2014. BTO Research Report 673. British Trust for Ornithology, Thetford. 
     
  • Harris, S.J., Risely, K., Massimino, D., Newson, S.E., Eaton, M.A., Musgrove, A.J., Noble, D.G., Procter, D. & Baillie, S.R. 2014. The Breeding Bird Survey 2013. BTO Research Report 658. British Trust for Ornithology, Thetford.
     
  • Baillie, S.R., Marchant, J.H., Leech, D.I., Massimino, D., Sullivan, M.J.P., Eglington, S.M., Barimore, C., Dadam, D., Downie, I.S., Harris, S.J., Kew, A.J., Newson, S.E., Noble, D.G., Risely, K. & Robinson, R.A. 2014. BirdTrends 2014: trends in numbers, breeding success and survival for UK breeding birds. Research Report 662. BTO, Thetford.
     
  • Bird and ringing reports for the Calf of Man Bird Observatory, the Rye Meads Ringing Group and Skomer Island. 

Contact Details

Email: sarah.harris [at] bto.org
Telephone: 01842 750050
Fax: 01842 750030
Postal address: British Trust for Ornithology, The Nunnery, Thetford, IP24 2PU, UK.