2019. Seabirds Count 2015-19
Seabirds Count is the fourth census of all breeding seabirds in Britain and Ireland, following on from Operation Seafarer (1969/70), the Seabird Colony Register (SCR; 1985-88) and Seabird 2000 (1998-2002). Fieldwork along 40,000 km of the British and Irish coastline has commenced in 2015 and will be completed in 2019. This census aims for the same survey coverage as during Seabird 2000 which entailed counting over eight million breeding seabirds at 3,300 coastal and 900 inland colonies.
In Moray & Nairn, the count of coastal seabirds is complete but we need to finish the counting of inland gull colonies – and we need to do this in 2019. A list of sites that require a visit can be found here: Inland gull sites to check 2019 Please look at the list and if you think you can take on one or more sites then please get in touch with Martin Cook at firstname.lastname@example.org A grey-shaded box indicates that the site is ‘taken’.
2014. Breeding Black-headed Gulls.
The aim of this survey was to locate and count all breeding colonies of Black-headed Gulls in Moray. Coverage was almost complete and the results can be seen here: Breeding Black-headed Gulls in Moray 2014 A more complete article on the survey, setting the results in a historical context, will appear in Birds in Moray & Nairn 2014 (the area Bird Report) before the end of 2015.
2015. Breeding Birds of the River Spey.
During this survey, Club members censused the breeding populations of the waterbirds closely associated with the River Spey from the Moray boundary (at Cragganmore) to the sea. Complete coverage was achieved and the results can be seen here River Spey Survey 2015 .
The article will also appear in Birds in Moray & Nairn 2015 when this appears in early 2017.