Who would guess that poo could tell us so much? Coupled with some simple observations of nest boxes or roosting pouches, over 100 people were able to reveal the presence or apparent absence of roosting birds using this simple method. Over 80 nest boxes were examined, with half of roosting birds being Blue Tits, and the next most frequently identified species being Great Tits (see graph below). However, around a quarter of nest boxes contained no droppings at all, indicating that birds might be picky about the boxes that they choose. Working out which factors influence nest box use for roosting could be a good focus for future research.
Only 24 survey participants looked for droppings in roosting pouches. However, these simple checks, coupled with some on-the-ground observations, revealed substantial differences compared with nest boxes. Over half of the roosting pouches examined were unused by roosting birds, while a third were occupied by Wrens – a much larger proportion than found in nest boxes (see graph below). Unlike nest boxes, no Blue Tits were identified, the only other species being a Dunnock.
Where are the young women in birding?
As we continue to work on making birding more inclusive, how do young women perceive birding? Five young birders share their experiences.
Wader ID virtual training (2 sessions, Tuesdays 10am)
The training will consist of two weekly online modules, complemented by supported self-study exercises which will be provided after each session. The training will be run by BTO staff members who are experienced...