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Newest BBS report from BTO/JNCC/RSPB – Mark Avery


The newest glorious BBS (and WBBS) report arrived via my letterbox final week. It’s a concise and delightful report which is a mannequin of understandable abstract of considerably advanced knowledge.

If you wish to understand how all kinds of commoner and widespread birds are faring within the UK, and sometimes in particular person nations and even areas of the UK (the place pattern sizes permit) then that is the place to go to and the report is accessible on-line – click on right here.

You’ll, in the event you scan the outcomes rigorously, spot some fascinating outcomes and also you would possibly wonder if they’re true (they in all probability are given the design and the pattern sizes concerned) however you may all the time wait a couple of extra years and have one other look then. For instance, in England, the 25-year development for Sparrowhawk (-33%) is similar to that of the Lapwing (-34%) and the arrogance intervals for the 2 general figures are very comparable too. I sit up for a complete load of ‘actual nation individuals’ stating that that is robust proof for Lapwings being necessary predators of Sparrowhawks and that Sparrowhawks would have declined much more have been it not for the caring efforts of gamekeepers to keep up their numbers.

I imply, after all, that the developments recognized on this report don’t inform us why species have modified however they supply superb indications of what the developments are, and 12 months by 12 months besides the place foot-and-mouth (2001) or covid (largely 2020) intervene to cut back the wealth of information in a selected 12 months.  Perhaps the desk of variety of observers isn’t the one which usually gives probably the most gripping outcomes, however it does exhibit that in 2021 very almost 4000 BBS squares have been surveyed by over 2500 people (certainly one of whom is me). These UK figures present a substantial restoration from the covid 12 months when simply over 2000 squares have been lined by 1400+ observers. This can be a good bounce again of volunteer effort however I did notice that the 2021 ranges have been decrease than 2017-19 inclusive for squares lined and 2013-2019 inclusive for observers.  The covid problem did knock the survey again for greater than only a single 12 months (however nowhere close to terminally).

My native BBS regional organiser for Northants is a star – he’s very useful, very attentive and really appreciative. Thanks Barrie!  Trying on the names of effectively over 100 regional organisers of the BBS listed on the again cowl I reckon that, from their names, males outnumber girls by greater than 4 to 1.  I’d hazard a guess that their ranks are dominated by the ‘barely older’ members of society relatively than the ‘on the younger facet’ and I really feel pretty assured that after they stuffed out the final census they ticked one thing akin to ‘White British’. And so, I reckon, would many of the 2500 volunteers who collected the info however perhaps I’m mistaken (I’d be shocked).  I’ll simply depart that statement sitting there.

I’d be shocked in the event you may allocate these six 25-year species developments (+234%, +100%, -2%, -25% and -46%) to their species, that are in alphabetical order: Gadwall, Goosander, Magpie, Peregrine and Tree Sparrow (look them up in desk 2 right here).

The web knowledge entry and knowledge availability for contributors within the scheme are very good too.

 





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