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Vital Tees Valley summary of bird species of conservation concern

13th November 2014 in News

SPECIES OF CONSERVATION CONCERN AND LOCAL SIGNIFICANCE IN THE TEES VALLEY – an invaluable source of up todate information.

This report has been prepared by Vic Fairbrother for the Conservation Sub-Committee of Teesmouth Bird Club (TBC), with input by TVWT and RSPB. TBC has been monitoring the birds of Teesmouth since 1960 and is widely recognized as the foremost authority on the birds of the former County of Cleveland and has a particularly good knowledge of the birds of the Tees estuary. The Club publishes the annual ‘Cleveland Bird Report’, which is the definitive record of local birds.  In 2008, TBC published ‘The Breeding Birds of Cleveland’, the first comprehensive survey of local breeding birds, bringing together current and historic data and including descriptions of all the key habitats.

Members undertake monthly counts at local wetland sites from September to March for inclusion in the annual UK Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS) organized by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) in association with the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust (WWT).  Members survey local randomly allocated 1km squares for the annual Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) organized by the BTO and jointly funded by BTO, JNCC and RSPB. This is the main scheme for monitoring the population changes of the UK’s common and widespread birds.  The TBC Records sub-committee collates and validates all local records of rare breeding records for submission to The Rare Birds Breeding Panel (RBBP) which publishes the Rare Breeding Birds in the UK annual report

Species of Conservation Concern in the Tees Valley – Oct. 2014. VF.

Members provide vital information on the migration, passage and survival of birds through the work of the South Cleveland Ringing Group and the Tees Ringing Group. This includes ringing pulli (young in the nest), catching birds at Constant effort sites (CES) and Ringing adults for survival sites (RAS) all contributing to major national monitoring schemes organized by the BTO.  Members provide vital information on the productivity of birds by submitting records to the Nest Record Scheme.  In July 2011 members completed timed surveys in 116 tetrads (2×2 km squares) following 4 years fieldwork for the local input to the next UK Atlas (Bird Atlas 2007-11). This was in addition to submitting tens of thousands of roving records.

Sources on the level of concern, changing status and population trends for each species are listed in the table below.

This report is intended to act as a ‘signpost’ for planners, ecologists, developers, consultants and other land-based professions to a critical list of species of conservation concern in the Tees Valley.  The Teesmouth Bird Club holds specific details of where these species are located and can provide quantitative and qualitative information.  The point of contact for further information is: Vic Fairbrother, 8 Whitby Avenue, Guisborough, TS14 7AP  (Tel: 01287 633744; email: [email protected])

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