Bird survey

It’s a busy time of year for surveying and monitoring species.  I was up early the other morning to do a dawn survey of the birds on one of our reserves

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Each species of bird in the United Kingdom has its own unique code .  In the case of this Song Thrush the code is ST

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Standing at a specific location for 15 minutes

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I record all the birds I see and hear around me on a sheet of paper using codes

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If a species is singing I put a circle around the code, if it is calling I draw a line under the code, if it is flying I draw an arrow to represent its direction of flight

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This is repeated at 15 locations on the site, 6 times during the spring.