Volunteer Stories

Fieldwork Volunteers. Photograph by Mike Toms

Our volunteers come from all walks of life and we've asked them to tell us why they enjoy being involved in our surveys.

A Winter’s Tale: The story of one man, a metal detector, and the mighty Peregrine Falcon
An account of exciting ringing recoveries aided by a metal detector

Bird Atlas 2007-11: Firecrest by John Young
A unexpected surprise from his allocated survey area - despite it having a motorway running through it.

Bird Atlas 2007-11: For Ruth by Ian Traynor
Husband and wife both dedicated to complete their Atlas survey. 

BirdAtlas 2007-11: The Power of Local Papers by David Scott
Going that extra mile to write about his surveying expereiences and getting them published in the local papers. 

Taking part in Atlas - A volunteer's view
Moving from Roving Records to Timed Tetrads - an account of one volunteers work throught the seasons.

Surveying at sea - another perspective

The Breeding Bird Survey - celebrating 20 years
Read a selection of volunteer quotes to find out why they enjoy taking part in the BBS.