Every year two full-day counts are held across the entire BOS area. The first is held in early January from 08:00-16:00 and the second in early May for 12 hours. The surveys complement the WRSS and SRSS in providing a count of the total number of species across the entire region, not just specific sites.

The surveys are conducted as a team, with the aim to field at least one team per 100-km square. For observers, the incentive is to beat the par species count of previous years, with awards given to the team most over par. A second award is provided for finding the "star" species of the day.

The comparitive results over the years supplements the findings from the other surveys, giving us confidence in the survey results.

In March 2020 the BTO launched their Chaffinch Appeal to raise funds to help them research why the UK population of Chaffinch is undergoing a significant decline. Read more ...

My Birding Patch - Alnmouth - the Northumberland coast in microcosm with Tom Cadwallender 

Having moved to the Alnmouth area in 1989 Tom has walked his patch for over 30 years.  During this talk we will look at the familiar, the scarce and sometimes the rare species of birds through the lens of diverse habitats and the seasons. Then a brief excursion to Coquet Island where we will look at some of the breeding seabirds including the Roseate Tern, a species which Tom has been studying and helping to conserve since 1991.  One thing is for sure the wonderful landscape and seascape of the Alnmouth area will feature quite heavily in this presentation. Read more ...

Depending upon Covid-19 restrictions nearer the time this year's count may have to be posponed until restrictions have been lifted.  Please note further guidance will appear here and in the Newsletters nearer the time.

The Long Day Count is carried out by teams of observers in each of the twelve 10km squares recording the number of bird species seen during a maximum of 12 daylight hours on the second Sunday in May each year. Read more ...

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