Choose and explore the place you'd like to do your survey; and register it once bookings are opened. You can survey one or more 4km x 4km areas ('squares') (on all three days if you like!) - doing ideally at least six 10-minute surveys in each square, each either on the hour or the half hour, any time between 8 am and 4.30 pm on each day. Discover why we’re doing it like this under Survey design in the training resources. Learn more, and book your square, in Take Part.
Assemble your team & some kit Your dream team is three people: one who doesn’t take their eyes from the sky and the bush, and uses the binoculars if you can get hold of some; if you can get hold of a photographer with a telephoto lens, it would be helpful to photograph any of the birds you spot; finally you need someone with a clipboard to write down the details. It’s the most fun if you can share your findings straightaway, so if one of you has a smartphone and is comfortable using it that’s handy - this will also greatly help with recording your location.
Hone your skills If you have skills already - wonderful! - but we’re providing resources to help you prepare from scratch. Learn about everything from using binoculars to advanced bird of prey identification online and, if you can, at a workshop. (We hope to host some about a month before the survey). Practise doing a survey: if you booked a square, we’ll email you a datasheet nearer the time.
Be in your chosen area, ready to observe and record, on your chosen day(s)! And join in on local activities at the end of the weekend to celebrate our findings.
Nature Trackers is a Bookend Trust initiative. Bookend Trust is a not-for-profit education initiative that seeks to inspire students and their communities with the positive environmental careers they can build making the world a better place. Funded through the donation of time, energy and resources by private individuals concerned about building a positive and co-operative environmental future for our students and community.