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.

HS2

Construction work on HS2 Phase One is due to commence in 2018, with completion scheduled for 2026. HS2 crosses the BOS area from Brackley to Southam via Chipping Warden. Read more ...

Birding the Steppes and Mountains of Central Asia - Alan Peters

Kazakhstan is a vast country which borders Russia, China, Uzbekistan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Turkmenistan. Mainly steppe, it is sparsely populated, the main settlements being concentrated in the south eastern corner of the republic where the plains give way to the Altai and Tien Shan Mountains. Read more ...

A survey of breeding birds, conducted using 3 visits over 3 months to a random 1km square. Read more ...

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