This page will cover wildlife surveys sponsored by various organisations. Before responding, consider whether there may be any duplication or overlap with reporting you are doing elsewhere. The date given is the date the item was posted. If there is a terminal date for the survey, this will be included on this page.
6 May 2019 The RSPB Swift Survey
The purpose of this survey is to record locations of swift nest sites around the UK. This information can then be used by local authority planners, architects, ecologists and developers to find out where swift hotspots are located around the country and therefore mitigate to protect breeding swifts during building development. This conservation planning tool plays an important role in reversing the decline of this charismatic migrant bird. Please note, swift records submitted to the swift survey during previous years have been retained and are making a difference for swift conservation.
12 April 2019 Some slugs are good slugs The RHS is calling all gardeners! The beneficial Yellow Cellar Slug, which only eats dead material, is facing extinction due to the invasive Green Cellar Slug and they need your help (this is not 1 April!). Join the springtime slug hunt to help them understand how to encourage and protect these little creatures. Go to the Cellar Slug Hunt web page for full information.
9 April 2019 Watch out for..
Dog-walkers have proved to be effecive bird-spotters, too. Over the years, they've provided valuable records, including a crane in the Railway Meadow, dippers in the Oddford and Fonthill Brooks, lesser spotted woodpecker at Billhay Bridge (between Pyt House and Semley), sedge warbler at Stubbles, golden plover and stonechat in various fields round the village, mandarin duck with young on the Nadder at Stubbles, merlin and hen harrier the concrete road.
All records go to the Wiltshire Bird Report. Please keep them coming!
25 January 2019 Watch out for - Sadly, sick or dead hares. Research by the University of East Anglia has found evidence that a deadly rabbit virus has spread to Brown Hares. Since September, sick and dying hares have been reported in Dorset. If you find a freshly dead hare that hasn't been road kill, or see a sickly one, please take a photo and email it to Dr Diana Bell at the University (D.Bell@uea.ac.uk) with the location (the app OS Locate will give you precise coordinates/lat&long). If you are able to double bin-bag a corpse for them to collect and post mortem, it would be very helpful.