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Moorland Birds

The ECN moorland birds protocol (BM)


Protocol file


Site types that use this protocol


Most of the changes in breeding numbers of moorland birds seem to stem from differences in habitat conditions, weather conditions and food availability, though much debate persists about the additional or compounding effects of predation, parasitism and disease. The methodology described below provides a well-tested means of assessing numbers of breeding birds on moorland.

Note: This protocol is no longer compulsory at moorland ECN sites. The Breeding Bird Survey protocol (BB) is now used instead.


Our field activities


Now that autumn has arrived the ECN fieldwork calendar begins to quieten down. We cease monitoring most terrestrial invertebrates apart from spiders. In rivers and lakes we make the last freshwater invertebrate survey of the year.

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Wytham in the autumn (fall). Photo: Denise Pallett