Develop Nest Recording skills

Whether you are new to nest recording, or looking to learn more about monitoring the nests of a certain species, we have a number of resources available to help you develop your skills. If you are just getting started visit the Taking Part page for more information. 
Blue Tit Chicks. Simon Thurgood
Blue Tit chicks. Simon Thurgood 


NRS Mentors are experienced nest recorders who are available to be contacted for advice and training.

Mentors can help new NRS participants get started, give training to existing recorders on monitoring certain species, and demonstrate nest recording to those wanting to find out more about the survey. 

Training Courses

Every spring we run training courses on how to find and monitor nests. Each course is led by an experienced nest finder and includes tutorials on different nest finding techniques and lots of time for supervised practice. These are ideal for beginners and more seasoned nest recorders alike. If you are signed up for the Nest Record Scheme you will recieve an email in January or February to let you know when the courses, usually running in May, will be available to book.

Nest Recorders Forum 

The NRS forum is a place for volunteers to discuss topics of interest, ask for help or advice from the wider community and provide updates on how the season is going.


LifeCycle is a magazine for ringers and nest recorders that is published every Spring and Autumn.

It contains the latest news and results from the schemes, as well as articles by volunteers on their monitoring projects and activities, and practical tips and advice. 

Get in touch

If you have specific questions about nest monitoring or data entry nrs [at] (email us) or phone 01842 750 050. We're always happy to give help and guidance.

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