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British Trust for Ornithology logo
JNCC logo

in association with

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Project partners

British Trust for Ornithology logo
JNCC logo

in association with

RSPB Logo

Result and Publications

SMP is an important tool for understanding the drivers of change in the internationally important breeding seabirds found in the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

The latest data collected from these annual surveys are presented in the SMP annual report 1986 - 2019

Data from SMP is also used for reporting on international conservation agreements, such as the OSPAR Convention, which help inform marine policy and regulation.

In addition to the annual monitoring scheme (SMP) there are periodic breeding seabird censuses across the UK and Republic of Ireland, led by JNCC in association with other SMP partners. To date, there have been three breeding seabird censuses completed for Britain and Ireland and results from each have been published as a book: Operation Seafarer (Cramp et al. 1974), Seabird Colony Register  (Lloyd et al. 1991) and Seabird 2000 (Mitchell et al. 2004). Results from the fourth, Seabirds Count, will be published in 2023.

References

  • Cramp, S., Bourne, W. R. P.  & Saunders, D. 1974. The Seabirds of Britain and Ireland. London.
  • Lloyd, C., Tasker, M.L. & Partridge K. 1991. The status of seabirds in Britain and Ireland. Poyser, London.
  • Mitchell, P.I., Newton, S., Ratcliffe, N. & Dunn, T.E. (Eds) 2004. Seabird Populations of Britain and Ireland. T & AD Poyser


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