What we do
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The aim of the Tayside Wader Survey is to provide up to date information on the breeding distribution and population trend of five wader species in Perthshire and Angus. These areas have traditionally held large numbers of waders. A survey carried out by the RSPB in 1992/93 found the highest densities of curlew, lapwing, snipe, oystercatcher and redshank in Tayside. Twenty years later we want to find out if this is still the case.
There is considerable evidence at both a Scottish and UK level to suggest there have been significant declines in the populations of several wader species over the last 15 years. We are keen to discover if the wader populations in Tayside have followed this trend.
The Tayside Wader survey has been launched to help discover where waders are still breeding in this area. Gathering this information is required to support our advisory and conservation work. Advisory visits to land managers will provide information and help target and support agri-environment applications.
In 2012, we plan to resurvey 74 key sites and random squares last surveyed in 1992/93.
We need help from farmers, landowners and the public to send us sightings of breeding waders in Tayside to help identify new ‘key sites’ for survey in 2013. Sightings can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The information collected will be important in identifying target areas within Tayside to promote beneficial management for waders.
Karen CunninghamConservation OfficerE-mail: email@example.com