Develop Nest Recording skills
NRS Mentors are experienced nest recorders who are available to be contacted for advice and training.
Mentors can help new NRS participants get started, give training to existing recorders on monitoring certain species, and demonstrate nest recording to those wanting to find out more about the survey.
Every spring we run training courses on how to find and monitor nests. Each course is led by an experienced nest finder and includes tutorials on different nest finding techniques and lots of time for supervised practice. These are ideal for beginners and more seasoned nest recorders alike.
Nest Recorders Forum
The NRS forum is a place for volunteers to discuss topics of interest, ask for help or advice from the wider community and provide updates on how the season is going.
LifeCycle is a magazine for ringers and nest recorders that is published every Spring and Autumn.
It contains the latest news and results from the schemes, as well as articles by volunteers on their monitoring projects and activities, and practical tips and advice.
Get in touch
If you have specific questions about nest monitoring or data entry nrs [at] bto.org (email us) or phone 01842 750 050. We're always happy to give help and guidance.
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