Breeding Bird Transects

Monitoring scrub and woodland structure

The purpose of these projects is to monitor the structural attributes of scrub and woodlands annually. Both of these habitats are key features of many nature reserves. They record those bird species dependent on scrub and woodland as nesting habitats during the breeding season with the objective of detecting changes brought about by our management.

They will also provide an accurate annual assessment of the condition of the scrub and woodland structure against which we can produce monitorable objectives for the site management plan.

These projects use the transect method, by which a recorder walks a path of fixed length in one direction at a particular time of day, taking a consistent length of time, recording all bird activity along it on a map of the transect route.