Breeding Waders of English Upland Farmland 2016
The upland breeding populations of waders and farmland species have shown considerable declines in recent decades. The upland farmland known as ‘In-bye’, which is the enclosed land below the moorland, is known to support substantial numbers of these important species.
The survey has ended and data entry is now closed. View the map below to quickly see where the survey tetrads were located.
Why survey upland farmland waders?
The purpose of this survey was to estimate the population size of waders and other important bird species supported by ‘In-bye’ farmland. More crucially this will provide as baseline against which to measure population changes and the effect of agri-environment scheme management.
What was required?
This survey involved volunteers visiting up to 1,000 selected 2-km squares (tetrads) throughout England, located in upland areas. Each tetrad contained at least 80 hectares of ‘In-bye’ land.
The survey involved two morning visits between 1st April and 15th July 2016. During each visit all breeding waders and other upland farmland species will have been recorded within each ‘In-bye’ field, as well as habitat information for each ‘In-bye’ field covered (map provided).
More detailed survey information, including instructions and recording forms are available on the resources page.
Contact greg.conway [at] bto.org if you wish to retrieve any data submitted to this survey.
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