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Status of common bird monitoring and atlas work in Ireland

Monitoring


Present schemes

Countryside Bird Survey - Transect routes in summer on random 1-km squares (n = 297 in 2005) from 1998 to present.


Publications

Coombes, R. H., O. Crowe, L. Lysaght, D. Noble, J. O’Halloran, O. O’Sullivan & H. J. Wilson. 2002. Countryside Bird Survey Report, 1998 – 2000. BirdWatch Ireland, Dublin.

Newson, S.E., Crowe, O. & Noble, D. 2005. Scoping study on integrating CBS and BBS data to generate All-Ireland trends. BTO, Thetford.


Contact person

Dick Coombes, BirdWatch Ireland, Rockingham House, Newcastle, Co. Wicklow. E-mail: rcoombes@birdwatchireland.ie


Home page

http://www.birdwatchireland.ie/bwi/pages092003/consvwork/surveys/countrybs.html


Atlas work


Latest atlas

Census period: 1988-1991. Method: Breeding criteria in 10 x 10 km squares. Some species counted. Maps of relative abundance generated from counts and frequency indices. Densities estimated for common terrestrial species based on mapping censuses. Atlas published in 1993 (Gibbons et al. 1993).


Previous atlases

Shorrock, J.T.R. 1976. The Atlas of Breeding Birds in Britain & Ireland. Poyser. Covers the period 1968-72.

Lack, P.C. 1986. The Atlas of Wintering Birds in Britain & Ireland. Poyser. Covers period 1981-84.


Ongoing atlases

A new combined breeding and wintering bird atlas is planned for 2008-2011, with pilot work started in 2005. New data will be comparable with previous atlases, but is likely to include new elements.


Publications

Gibbons, D.W., Reid, J.B. & Chapman, R.A. 1993. The New Atlas of Breeding Birds in Britain and Ireland: 1988-1991. T & A D Poyser.


Contact person

Steve Newton, BirdWatch Ireland, Rockingham House, Newcastle, Co. Wicklow. E-mail: snewton@birdwatchireland.ie


Other Current National Surveys


1) Irish Wetland Bird Survey (ongoing)

(http://www.birdwatchireland.ie/bwi/pages092003/consvwork/surveys/iwebs.html)

2) Survey of the birds of waterways in Ireland (2006-07)

3) Garden Bird Survey (ongoing)

http://www.birdwatchireland.ie/bwi/pages092003/consvwork/surveys/gardenbs.html

4) Single species surveys for Barn Owl, Red Grouse (both 2006-07)


Latest update 5 May 2006

2007-04-13


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