This land-locked BTO region covers most of the county of Northamptonshire and includes very small parts of the bordering counties of Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Leicestershire, Rutland and Cambridgeshire. It extends from Whittlewood Forest in the south to Wakerley and Fineshade Woods in the north. It includes all the important wetland sites along the Nene Valley as well as the extensive reservoir of Pitsford Water, north of Northampton.
So there's a great range of interesting habitats in Northants and, each year, more people are discovering the delights of studying and recording the birdlife here. Now over 350 people support the BTO in the region in one way or another. About 150 are members, nearly 200 contributed records to the 2007-11 Bird Atlas project, others are part of the Garden Birdwatch and about 50 are actively involved in surveying for species such as Nightingales and Winter Thrushes as well as the Breeding Bird Survey. There are also Ringers, Nest Recorders and WeBS counters. However, there's plenty of room for more and we would be delighted if you would like to join us in any and every way!
We would particularly like more help with the yearly Breeding Bird Survey. There are 84 randomly chosen 1 km squares in the region with, in recent years, about 15 in need of a surveyor. Please barrie.galpin [at] zen.co.uk (email us) if you feel able to help with this most important and enjoyable survey and we will try to find a square as close to your home as possible. Another priority is the monthly survey of wetland areas. We have teams who cover the large and nationally important wetlands and we would welcome help with those, or perhaps you could take on a regular survey of the waterbirds on a small lake or stretch of river near you? Please do contact us.
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