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Surveys

Many of our records come from "casual sightings", others are the result of surveys, used partly for local information but where possible also linked to regional and national projects. Our surveys are written up in internal reports, available on the BWG website either on this page or in the Archive. There is so much to work on we are always keen to recruit and train more surveyors. It is not practical to set up a whole summer's programme at the start of the year; so we keep lists of people interested in the various surveys and the dates and times of surveys are then chosen to suit the requirements of the survey, the weather and the participants. If you are interested in particular (or all!) surveys just let us know. e-mail Stephen. Beginners and experts are equally welcome. You can see wildlife close up, learn something new, aid conservation.

Surveys Proposed for this Year, 2015.

    CASUAL SIGHTINGS

  • Berwick Wildlife Group's core survey. A Stoat by Iain Cowe

    Please continue to send us all your sightings/records, on any flora and fauna that you observe in your gardens or travels around our area, month by month throughout the year. This survey is vital as it sweeps up species that are not covered in our more formal surveys and forms an overview of what wildlife we have here.

    These records are most important, as they are passed on via the Environmental Records Information Centre for the North East of England to a national database, and will be available to ecologists carrying out environmental surveys (who may not be familiar with the local habitats and may make a quick visit at an unsuitable time of year). Unless the records are gathered and made public, no-one will know of the importance of a vibrant local patch and it could easily be damaged by change of land use or some sort of development.

    Data are particularly sparse in north Northumberland – every record counts!

    Please send in your sightings by completing the form at Submit a Sighting , ...... or email your sighting to Sightings.


    Survey of Ford Moss

    Survey of Ford Moss: Alnwick Wildlife Group have invited us to take part in their study, which includes looking at birds, moths, other large invertebrates, reptiles and amphibians, small mammals, plants and lichens. The earliest, already arranged dates are soon: Sat 23rd May isthe first of three moth-trapping visits, and Sunday 7th June is the earlier of two botanical visits. Contact Stephen (bwg@berwickwildlifegroup.org.uk) if you would like more information on these, or other visits


    Bioblitz

    Taking place over July 10th/11th
    Malcolm Hutcheson - Plant walk on 11th pm,
    Stephen Block - Small Mammal survey on 11th am.

    BIRDS

  • Estuary and Seabird Survey. An Oystercacher by Jan Raine
    A continuation of the group's annual survey to gather data on important areas for wintering waders, wildfowl and seabirds on the Tweed Estuary and the coast north and south. This survey was completed in February 2015.


    Mammals

    Pipistrelle ib flight

  • Bats.
    UK bat populations have declined considerably during the last century (see Bat Conservation's site, www.bats.org.uk ). Britain's 18 native species of bat now have legal protection. However, only by pinpointing local roost sites and feeding areas can the law be made effective. BWG has been carrying out regular surveys of bats in Berwick, Tweedmouth and Spittal, with occasional excursions into the countryside, since 2005, resulting in maps of the feeding areas of the most common species, the Common and Soprano Pipistrelle. Discovering the roosts (which vary between winter and summer, maternity roosts and male roosts ) is proving more challenging. We now have several bat detectors (which make bats' high-frequency echolocation calls audible to us) and a survey programme for 2013 hs been prepared.

    These are arranged locally from May to September, usually every second Thursday evening, with fall-back day Friday (same time, same place) if the weather is unsuitable on Thursday. We will bring equipment to enable us to hear and record the bats. We will hang around a lot; wear warm clothing, and bring a torch if visiting a rural area. This year’s venue’s are:


  • Red Squirrels Survey, Woods throughout north Northumberland and south Berwickshire. A red squirrel
    This is part of the Red Squirrel Northern England and Red Squirrels Southern Scotland conservation projects.

    In 2015 we propose to continue surveying for squirrels in woods throughout north Northumberland and south Berwickshire. This is a huge undertaking and we need more volunteers to help with this work, as the areas to be surveyed are large.

    If you would like to help please contact John.


    Butterflies

    Butterflies are extremely valuable indicators of the state of the environment. Butterfly Conservation runs schemes to monitor them which involve over 10,000 volunteer recorders. The data gathered is used by the Government to indicate the health of the environment at national, UK and European levels. The Butterflies for the New Millennium project covers the whole British Isles, assessing the distribution of each butterfly species. Anyone can submit records of sightings. The UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme measures changes in butterfly abundance across a network of over 750 sites, including 2 counted on a weekly basis by BWG members taking it in turns. Butterflies are only easily seen while active in warm, still weather, giving surveyors a delightful short walk in the countryside on a sunny day with an added purpose. The Wider Countryside Butterfly Survey involves fewer visits to randomly selected 1-km squares. Again BWG members are responsible for 1 of them. Our "Holburn" square has some interesting species.

  • Butterfly Transect 2015,

    Tommy-the-Miller's Field, Berwick. April to September. A Painted Lady
    This year we plan to continue the Group's survey of butterflies in Tommy the Miller's field, Berwick. This involves walking the same "transect" weekly, and counting all butterflies within 2.5 m. of the transect line. Such detailed repeated observations will eventually give a record of abundance, rather than just presence-or-absence of butterfly species.

    All of our observations are sent to Butterfly Conservation for their national records.


    Cocklawburn Dunes.
    This year we are planning to continue the survey of butterflies at Cocklawburn, as at Tommy-the-Miller's Field, above. Fortunately, butterflies only emerge in fine, warm weather, which makes this type of survey particularly pleasant, running from April to September.

    All of our observations are sent to Butterfly Conservation for their national records.


  • Wider Countryside Butterfly Survey.
    This involves two annual visits (in July and August) to a 1k grid-square near Holburn, when two butterfly transects are walked consecutively. Again, this only takes place in fine, sunny weather. We would be grateful for more surveyors, whether experts or wishing to learn to identify butterflies and day-flying moths.


    If you would like further details of any of these surveys, or would like to take part, please contact Stephen

    Remember, although we would be delighted to have the help of any experts, we are equally delighted to help beginners to learn the necessary skills to take part in these surveys.


REPORTS ON SURVEYS UNDERTAKEN BY THE GROUP.

All Reports are in Adobe Reader format,

To Download a Free copy of Adobe Reader goto Adobe Reader.



Bats
Bat Surveys in Berwick upon Tweed. June to August 2014.
Bat Surveys in Berwick upon Tweed. June to August 2012.
Bat Surveys in Berwick upon Tweed. June to August 2011.
Bat Surveys in Berwick upon Tweed. June to August 2010.
Bat Surveys in Berwick upon Tweed. June to August 2009.
Bat Surveys in Berwick upon Tweed. June to August 2008.
Bat Surveys in Berwick upon Tweed. June to August 2007.
Bat Surveys in Berwick upon Tweed. June to August 2006.


Small Mammals
Report on the 2010 small mammal surveys undertaken in north Northumberland.
Report on the 2010 small mammal surveys for the Mammal Society National Small Mammal Monitoring Scheme.
Report on the 2010 small mammal surveys on the Lindisfarne Reserve 2010.
Report on the 2009 small mammal surveys at Tommy the Millers Field and Cocklawburn Dunes.
Report on the 2009 surveys for the Mammal Society National Small Mammal Monitoring Scheme.


Squirrels
Squirrel Survey 2006-7.


Birds
Bird Surveys 2008 Map- ongoing.
Bird Surveys 2008 Adobe- ongoing.
Bird Surveys 2008 Excel- ongoing.
Pied Wagtails at Tapee Fen Survey 2008, Word Report.
Pied Wagtails at Tapee Fen Survey 2008, Adobe Report.
Estuary and Seabird Survey 2007.
Estuary and Seabird Survey. February 2006
Golf Course Birds, July 2006.


Butterflies
Butterfly survey of Tommy the Millers Field. April to September 2012.
Butterfly survey of Cocklawburn. April to September 2012.
Butterfly survey of Tommy the Millers Field. April to September 2011.
Butterfly survey of Cocklawburn. April to September 2011.


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Iain Cowe has produced an excellent report on his surveys/sightings of butterflies and moths in Berwickshire during 2010, and has kindly allowed us to place it on the Group's website.

It can be viewed by following this link.
Butterfly Review Berwickshire 2010.pdf
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Butterfly survey of Tommy the Millers Field. April to September 2010.
Butterfly survey of Cocklawburn Dunes. April to September 2010.
Butterfly survey of Tommy the Millers Field. April to September 2009.
Butterfly survey of Cocklawburn Dunes. April to September 2009.
Butterfly survey of Tommy the Millers Field. April to September 2008. Butterfly survey of Cocklawburn. April to September 2008.
Tommy the Miller's 2007 Butterfly Survey.
Tommy the Miller's 2006 Butterfly Survey.


Plants
Surveys of grasslands developed on the whin sill outcrops. August & September 2009
Report on the 2008 survey of Creeping Buttercups.
Flower-Rich Road Verges Near Berwick upon Tweed. August 2006.
Goody Patchy Survey, July 2006.


Other
Report on the 2007 survey of Northumberlands beach litter.


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