Dartmoor Upland Bird Nest Group
Those of our members who attended the “Better Future for Devon’s Birds” conference we co-hosted with Devon Birds, back in November 2015, will undoubtedly remember the inspiring presentation given by Professor Charles Tyler about the long running nesting research that has been taking place on Holne moor.
Now we all have the opportunity to help fund the next season of this invaluable research through a crowdfunding appeal, launched by Sara Zonneveld, one of the PhD students involved.
The Dartmoor Upland Bird Nest Group are a small group of bird enthusiasts, ornithologists and scientists from the University of Exeter. They have been studyin the breeding of ground-nesting birds for the past eight years. Each spring they find and monitor up to 300 bird nests on the upland moors of Dartmoor National Park. The main species the are interested in are the Meadow Pipit, Cuckoo, Stonechat and Whinchat. The data that is collected from monitoring nests and ringing nestling birds is shared with stakeholders, used by two PhD students in the group for research, and provided to the British Trust for Ornithology to contribute to the national data on breeding birds.
Do have a look at their fundraising page and contribute, if you can.