Bird Surveys: Wintering Bird Survey

What is a Wintering Bird Survey?

Wintering bird surveys are a means of establishing the assemblage of bird species on a site during the winter. This is frequently a different assemblage to those using the site for breeding and nesting in the springtime, and these winter surveys help to build a holistic understanding of how different species use a site at different times of the year.

The survey technique relies upon identification of species and characterisation of their behaviour through primarily visual techniques - often using scopes or binoculars from vantage points to avoid disturbance. The survey requires skill and experience to confidently identify these species, and understand what different behaviours tell us about how an individual bird is likely to be using the site. A detailed survey can support a robust assessment of how a species assemblage uses a site, the relative importance of different resources on the site, and what this might mean for your project.

 

How can LSC help?

Our expert Ornithologists have extensive experience in undertaking wintering bird surveys over a wide range of habitats and schemes, from arable landscapes for multi-phase housing schemes to sewerage works and wetlands. We can draw upon this experience to provide robust baseline survey results for your site to provide the information you need to support Planning. Our team can assist with advice on avoidance or compensation/mitigation habitat based on the findings of the surveys.

Our surveys are completed to the Best Practice Guidelines outlined by the BTO and our reports consistently provide the information required by our clients to secure Planning Permission.

 Greylag geese - one of the species which forms large flocks on arable and grassland fields for feeding during the winter

Greylag geese - one of the species which forms large flocks on arable and grassland fields for feeding during the winter


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