The Summer Random Square Survey (SRSS) was established in 1991 to provide details on the birds that breed within the BOS survey area. Like the WRSS, this survey was established because this information was not beeing captured by our monthly recording system.

Each year 1km squares are chosen at random from each for the 12 10km squares of the BOS survey area, skipping squares that have already been surveyed, though some squares have been repeat surveyed for specific reasons. Observers are asked to make at least 3 site visits, 1 month apart, starting from late April. Participants record the activity of each bird seen, with the focus on evidence of potential breeding, along with the number of pairs observed. At the end of the survey observers are asked to estimate the total number of breeding pairs for each species. The estimate is reviewed and adjusted by the bird recorder to take account of the type of breeding evidence recorded, with emphasis given to direct breeding evidence.

The analysis method follows that of the WRSS. The first 3 years of results were averaged to produce a normalised index with a value of 100. For each subsequent year, a 3-year index value relative to this base figure is calculated. This provides a long term trend which shows the breeding trend status of common species across the BOS.

390 squares have been surveyed in the period 1991-2018, over 30% of the BOS.

The results of the survey for the first 30 years (1991-2011) can be read in our book Birds of the Heart of England.

The charts below show a summary of the surveys that have been conducted to date. Hover the mouse over the chart to see the specific annual values. Note that no survey was conducted in 2001 due to Foot & Mouth. The dashed lines show the linear trend.

The charts show that the society has managed to maintain the number of surveys performed per year. There has been a slight decline in the total number of breeding species recorded each year, though the number of species recorded per survey square has remained relatively constant.

Two maps are also provided, the 1st showing the squares surveyed to date along with the number of breeding species detected per 1km square as a tooltip (hover over a square to see) - the larger the square, the greater the number of species recorded. The 2nd map shows the number of squares surveyed per 10km square. We try and ensure an even coverage across the 10km squares, but this is subject to observer availability so some parts of our area have not been surveyed to the same extent.

Updated 26th March 2020

Due to the current Covid 19 outbreak, the BOS has cancelled the April and May indoor meetings. If the current travel & social distancing restrictions remain in place or increase, we will also have to cancel the outdoor meetings scheduled for June through August. Read more ...

This meeting has been postponed due to the COVID-19 restrictions. We will reschedule this meeting when social gathering restrictions have been lifted.

Ecology and conservation of the Sociable Lapwing. -  Rob Sheldon

Please note this is 1 week earlier than usual because of Easter

The Sociable Lapwing has suffered huge declines in range and population and is now listed as critically endangered.  RSPB is working with a number of partners on the breeding grounds in Kazakhstan and on the migration routes and wintering areas in the Middle East and Africa to work out why this enigmatic and beautiful species has declined. Read more ...

COVID-19 Update 25th March 2020: This survey will not go ahead this year due to government travel restrictions.

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

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