Working in partnership for seabirds
Working in partnership for seabirds04 Jul 2022
The Seabird Monitoring Programme is an important project for the UK's internationally important breeding seabird populations. Through monitoring, surveillance, and delivery of robust scientific evidence, the project aims to stimulate research to target effective management action.
Since 1986, when the Seabird Monitoring Programme was created by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC, then the Nature Conservancy Council) and The Seabird Group, JNCC has coordinated the collection, collation and analysis of seabird data from hundreds of skilled participants. These data and statistics have provided insights into the status and trends of our breeding seabirds and, alongside national censuses, have been crucial for informing conservation actions. The SMP Report delivers annual statistics and the SMP Database allows access to tens of thousands of records from coastal and inland colonies.
In an exciting milestone for the project’s development, BTO has formed a partnership with the JNCC and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), and the organisation will now lead in supporting the network of skilled volunteer and professional participants, collating data via the SMP Database, and producing statistics.
This new partnership provides an increased opportunity to grow the network and develop the scheme, drawing on our expertise in running bird monitoring projects. Organisations involved in the scheme in the past will form an important Advisory Group that will help guide development, and collaboration on long-term demographic monitoring at the four SMP Key Sites (Fair Isle, Canna, Isle of May and Skomer) will continue.
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