Sarah-Jayne Forster, South and West Scotland Regional Office
Tel: 0141 331 0993
We are looking for volunteers to commit to surveying their area 4 times a year. The size of the area allocated will be flexible and so we anticipate surveys to take the equivalent of 1-2 days' work. There will be flexibility around when the survey would need to be done and could be fitted around other commitments. There will also be a day of training at the beginning of the project and 2 further meetings during the project to get interim results with RSPB staff and biologists at Glasgow University.
Duration: up to 2 years, but for 1 year in first instance
Period: 2 surveys over spring/summer and two over autumn/winter
Volunteers will be asked to pick and then visit streets or urban areas where they either know or suspect there might be House Sparrows and then make regular counts of how many they see at different times of the year. Initially we would like counts in two periods Spring (April to June) and Summer (July to Sept) and then we plan to follow up with two further counts periods Autumn/Early Winter (Oct to Dec) and Late Winter (Jan to March). Volunteers can choose how frequently they would like to make the counts as long as they can make at least one visit in each period. More frequent counts, such as at monthly or weekly intervals would also be very valuable. Volunteers can also choose how many streets or areas they would like to visit, we envisage the area covered taking about half a day per visit. For volunteers with more time available, we will also be looking at basic measures of vegetation structure on each street and potential sites for nesting. In the second year of the project we will be looking at putting some nest boxes up at specific sites in the city with appropriate habitat.