Surrey has a very important habitat namely lowland heathland. Here there are specialist birds namely nightjar, Dartford Warbler and Woodlark. Surveys are carried out in the spring and summer in order to count these species on the heathlands. Help is needed with the nightjar surveys.
As part of the monitoring of Nightjars on the Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area, there will again be co-ordinated surveys of two of the large sites in the spring. At present the dates are anticipated to be
- Wednesday 12 June Ash Ranges
- Wednesday 19 June Chobham Common
- Wednesday 26 June reserve date for Ash or Chobham
If you would like to help, please contact John Clark at moc.yksnull@05kralcnhoj.
John will be approaching all the usual surveyors but, if you have not helped previously and would like to take part, you do need to contact him. No experience of Nightjars is necessary. Observers are organised in pairs or threes so, if you are not too experienced, you will be put with someone who is! Good views of Nightjar are pretty much guaranteed
Carry out an insect survey
BTO have been working with Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and partners on the Pollinator Monitoring Scheme. They have designed two survey methods to provide better information on pollinators. One is a Flower Insect Timed (FIT) Count and can be carried out anywhere (ideally on one of their target flower species), and can be repeated throughout the summer. The second method is more intensive and requires taking on a site for monitoring and sampling. You can read more here: https://www.ceh.ac.uk/our-science/projects/pollinator-monitoring.