The Bird Club's Projects and Surveys are managed by a Group comprising Trina Barrett, Mark Newsome (Club Recorder), John Olley (Club Conservation Officer), and David Sowerbutts (Chair). Alistair McLee represents Teesmouth Bird Club on the Group.
Participation in surveys is open to all Club members and input from others with a beneficial interest in birds is also welcomed. Details of new surveys will be announced in the Club's quarterly magazine The Lek as well as on these web pages.
Surveys can be categorised in a number of ways.
Generally speaking local surveys will be organised by the Club or, occasionally, another conservation body in North East England. For national surveys Club members and others will be contributing local input to surveys run by organisations such as the British Trust for Ornithology, the Hawk and Owl Trust, the JNCC (particularly the Seabird Monitoring Programme) and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.
Some surveys run for one or two seasons; others, such as the Breeding Bird Survey, the Heronries Census and the WeBS counts are repeated every year to achieve detailed monitoring of the species covered.
Both locally and nationally surveys may concentrate on an individual species or on a group. Groups may be defined by families (owls, waders, raptors), by habitat (farmland, woodland, wetland, upland) or by behaviour (migrants). In County Durham monitoring of some species is carried out by the Durham Upland Bird Study Group.
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