Photos by Steve Hopper
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- Record sightings in your garden, out walking, at work or any other occasion
- We need records of rare and common birds so don't ignore Blue Tits or Starlings
The January 2022 Brent Bird Survey Results are in !!!
The South Brent Parish Bird Survey began in 2014 and aims to monitor the birds of the parish in both winter and the breeding season, by ensuring that all 52 1-km squares are visited by at least once by one observer in January and May each year to record the species seen and heard.
In January 2022, the ninth year of the survey, 22 observers paid 188 square visits and recorded 67 species, similar to most previous years. This compares to 24 observers, 180 square visits and 71 species in 2021. The weather was mostly dry and mild. All 52 squares were visited, but in two of them, no birds were recorded.
New species for January comprised Jack Snipe and Little Egret (both first records in the parish since 2016), and it was only the second time that Brambling have been recorded in January during the nine years of the survey. A probable Water Rail near Corringdon is not included as its identification could not be confirmed, but it would have been the first in the parish since the 1980s.
Since the start of the Brent Bird Survey in 2014 several reports have been written summarising sightings of new and exotic species in the parish as well as those which are rather more familar but equally exciting. These reports can be downloaded from the links below or click on the images (BBS = Brent Bird Survey ; BBGBS = Brend Birders Garden Bird Survey):
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A crib sheet for breeding codes, grid references and square numbers
This Crib Sheet may be useful to all observers out there. It converts between Ordnance Grid References and the square numbering used by the Brent Bird Survey. It shows the geographic layout of the squares. It also shows the codes to be used in the breeding part of the survey.
I print it out in A6 size as this fits neatly inside the back cover of my field notebook but you can resize it to whatever page size you wish. If you're not sure how to do this let me (Phil) know. You can reach me either directly or via the "Contact Us" form at the bottom of this web page.
You can download the Crib Sheet here.
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Click on the links below to go directly to the latest survey data.
Bird Species Maps:
Bird Distribution Spreadsheets:
Parish Map - pdf
2022 Bird Recording Form -
2022 Non-Bird Recording Form -
2022 Recording Guidelines - pdf
Observers Crib Sheet - pdf
Breeding Birds Form -
Breeding Birds Guidelines - pdf
Brent Bird Survey Report 2014 - pdf
Brent Bird Survey Report 2015 - pdf
Brent Bird Survey Report 2016 - pdf