Photos by Steve Hopper
You can contact us through the form at the bottom of this page.
- You don't need to live in the parish
- Submit as few or as many sightings as you wish
- Submit sightings just for a one or many months
- Record sightings in your garden, out walking, at work or any other occasion
- We need records of rare and common birds
We're currently restructuring our contact list. If you feel we haven't been in touch with you recently please let us know through the Contact Form at the bottom of this page.
The May 2021 Brent Bird Survey
In the merry month of May
All the little birds are gay.
They all hop and sing and say:
------"Winter days are far away,
------Welcome, welcome, merry May!"
It's that time of year again and 1st May 2021 signals the time to polish your binoculars, open your bird identification books and sharpen your pencil as we spend the month recording birds spotted across the parish.
As always, the survey relies on as many people as possible sending in their data. So whether it's just the birds in your garden or you're out roaming the hills please do record your bird sightings and send them in to us.
Recording forms and a full explanation can be downloaded here or from the panel at the bottom left of this page.
Recording Guidelines (Format: pdf)
Observers' Crib Sheet - relates grid references to square numbers, etc (Format: pdf)
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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Books from Brent Birders
'The Birds of South Brent Parish' has now been joined by 'The Butterflies of South Brent Parish' and
'The Moths of South Brent Parish'
The Birds of South Brent Parish: The 244-page full-colour book presents results of the 3-year Brent Bird Survey as well as some historical records and recollections of South Brent birdlife going back to the earlier part of the 20th century. £17.50 from artworks or contact us using the form at the bottom of this page.
The Butterflies of South Brent Parish is based on data gathered during the bird survey lists and has distribution maps of 28 species. Peter Reay and Monica Hazell have contributed articles and the book is richly illustrated with photographs. £3.50 from artworks or contact us using the form at the bottom of this page.
The Moths of South Brent Parish lists nearly 600 species recorded in the parish together with distibution and flight period tables. Background articles and photographs provide a comprehensive view of the moths found in our parish. £5.00 from artworks or contact us using the form at the bottom of this page.
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.
Please feel free to send your comments, questions or feedback via the form below
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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
2021 Bird Recording Form -
2021 Non-Bird Recording Form -
2021 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