The Waterford Breeding Bird Atlas 2006-2011
What is it? The
Waterford Breeding Bird Atlas is an attempt to map, at the level of 2-km x 2-km tetrads, the occurrence and
status of breeding and summering birds throughout
How does the Waterford Atlas fit in with other bird surveys?
national atlas of breeding and wintering birds throughout
fieldwork for the Waterford Atlas will of course contribute to the national atlas during 2008-11, and the methods are fully
compatible with the wider survey. Coverage in
How can I help?
For both breeding season and winter coverage, we are looking for volunteers, of varying levels of experience or enthusiasm, who can contribute bird records from around the county and help ensure gaps in coverage are filled and nothing much is missed! There are two main types of surveying involved, one or other (or both!) of which may suit your particular level of experience or confidence. Both will involve the use of Ordnance Survey maps to record accurate locations (and further guidance will be provided on this).
The first type of surveying will potentially be of interest to the largest number of volunteers. This involves Roving Recorders, i.e. anyone who can send in records of any species, with information on their breeding status if available, from any part of the county during April-July of the years 2006-11 and November-February of the winters 2007/8-10/11. A copy of the Roving Records form used for summer 2007 is downloadable here. For the national atlas (November 2007 onwards), download RR form.
For details of the codes and definitions used for recording the breeding status of species encountered during April-July, click breeding categories.
second, more intensive part of both summer and winter fieldwork involves Timed Tetrad Visits. For the
breeding season, this involves at least 2 hours of timed morning surveys to each of the tetrads (2-km x 2-km squares) that
make up the land-area of
Of course, everyone who makes Timed Tetrad Visits can also contribute as a Roving Recorder, as inevitably Kestrels etc will be seen from the car window etc.
A copy of the Timed Tetrad Visit form used for summer 2007 is downloadable here. For the national atlas, download TTV instructions. TTV forms for winter 2007/08 and summer 2008 onwards will be provided once an observer has been allocated tetrads to cover.
In Waterford, we will also be collecting records of other wildlife seen in the tetrads (mammals, butterflies and dragonflies mainly) to provide a more comprehensive account of wildlife in the county over the period of the survey.
Signing up as a volunteer
For winter coverage (starting November 2007) and the next breeding season (starting April 2008), there’s still plenty of time to sign up - and you can now go online (Bird Atlas 2007-2011) to do this. In particular, if you'd like to take part in the most detailed part of the survey, i.e. Timed Tetrad Visits in summer or winter, it's important to agree in advance the tetrads you'll be covering, to avoid duplication of effort. (See also maps below for details of tetrads already allocated, and an indication of priority tetrads.) Alternatively, if you'd like further information, or have records to contribute from summer 2007, please click here (see also files below). Make sure to include a postal address if you'd like a supply of printed recording forms.
Above all, enjoy the Atlas and the habitats of the county over the coming seasons.
Tetrad allocations for the coming seasons - current status
The maps below show the tetrads which have already been requested by and allocated to specific observers for timed coverage (TTVs) in the coming breeding seasons (2008-2011). (See also winter allocations.) These tetrads will not necessarily be covered in the next season, and many more still need to be allocated. Updated 6 Nov 2007.