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Moorland Birds

The ECN moorland birds protocol (BM)
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Site types that use this protocol

Terrestrial

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

SEPTEMBER

This is the last of the busy months in terms of field work at terrestrial sites as the season for monitoring butterflies, frogs, grazing animals and bats draws to an end. In rivers and lakes we sample diatoms for the third time in the year. The usual year-round measurements are also made.

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Loch Neagh