Nest Record Scheme
BTO published a new statement on COVID-19 on 21 May 2021. We ask that nest recorders follow this advice, and specific advice received by email.
The Nest Record Scheme gathers vital information on the breeding success of Britain's birds by asking volunteers to find and follow the progress of individual birds' nests.
Each year, hundreds of volunteers submit observations of nests they have monitored to the Nest Record Scheme. Their data are used to assess the impacts that changes in the environment, such as habitat loss and global warming, have on the number of fledglings that birds can rear.
Anyone can be a nest recorder: some people watch a single nest box in their back garden while others find and monitor multiple nests of a whole range of species. As with all BTO surveys, the welfare of birds comes first and all nest recorders follow the NRS Code of Conduct, a protocol designed to ensure that monitoring a nest does not influence its outcome.
Time / skill required
- Early Feb - look out for early nesters like Long-tailed Tit
- Late Apr - most residents and migrants now nesting
- Early Sep - still time for late nesters like Goldfinch and Woodpigeon
- End Oct - records needed for early analysis of the season
- End Jan - records needed for full analysis of the season
Contributions & findings
Barn Owls in 2020: an update from Colin Shawyer
Widely recognised for his work on the study and conservation of owls and raptors, biologist and professional ecologist Colin Shawyer has collaborated with the BTO on projects such as Project Ba
LifeCycle issue 9, Winter 2020
It also features articles on monitoring Moorhen, Crossbills and Twite, creating a nest recording group, explains what researchers have done with the nests that have been supplied by nest recorders