Many people feed birds in their gardens, attracting species like Blue Tit, Blackbird, Robin, Chaffinch and House Sparrow. Some of these may stay to breed around the houses and gardens. Other birds will breed in local parks, along canals or rivers, or in fields or hedgerows.
You can help this survey by forwarding details of such breeding birds, but please obtain permission if the site is private. Please enter the details on the recording sheet, which is available as a Microsoft Word 97 document (21 Kb), or a "Rich Text" file (7 Kb), compatible with most other word processors.
If you wish, you can carry out a more detailed survey of a particular area. If so, please send for a survey form, indicating which area you would like to cover.
The survey covers the period 1st April and 31st July, although breeding records (see below) from other months may be included.
Please enter these in case we need to contact you for further information.
The year in which your records occurred: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 or 2002. If you wish to include any records from previous years, please forward them on an attached sheet.
Birmingham and the Black Country cover parts of fifteen 10km squares. Please enter the appropriate four-figure reference for the 10kn square and tetrad letter.
If you are unable to identify the squares for any of your records, please enter an 'A to Z' reference or as many details as possible to enable us to identify the site accurately.
Please enter the species' common name. If you have records for one species in different tetrads, please enter them on separate lines. If the tetrad straddles the boundary of Birmingham and the Black Country, please include only records from within the Birmingham and the Black Country part of the tetrad.
For each tetrad, we need to know whether the species was just Seen in the square, or whether it was Breeding.
The definitions of Seen and Breeding are:
A species that is seen using the tetrad, but with no evidence of breeding. This includes:
Obvious migrants, late winter visitors, gulls flying over and birds not in a typical breeding habitat for the species are not included.
One or more of the following indicates that the species was probably or definitely breeding.
Please return forms, or address any queries, to:
26 Hambrook Close, Dunstall Park, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, WV6 0XA
Tel. (01902) 568997.