Result and Publications
The latest data collected from these annual surveys are presented in the SMP annual report 1986 - 2019.
Data from SMP is also used for reporting on international conservation agreements, such as the OSPAR Convention, which help inform marine policy and regulation.
In addition to the annual monitoring scheme (SMP) there are periodic breeding seabird censuses across the UK and Republic of Ireland, led by JNCC in association with other SMP partners. To date, there have been three breeding seabird censuses completed for Britain and Ireland and results from each have been published as a book: Operation Seafarer (Cramp et al. 1974), Seabird Colony Register (Lloyd et al. 1991) and Seabird 2000 (Mitchell et al. 2004). Results from the fourth, Seabirds Count, will be published in 2023.
- Cramp, S., Bourne, W. R. P. & Saunders, D. 1974. The Seabirds of Britain and Ireland. London.
- Lloyd, C., Tasker, M.L. & Partridge K. 1991. The status of seabirds in Britain and Ireland. Poyser, London.
- Mitchell, P.I., Newton, S., Ratcliffe, N. & Dunn, T.E. (Eds) 2004. Seabird Populations of Britain and Ireland. T & AD Poyser
Working together for seabirds
BTO work supports effective monitoring of our seabirds and aims to provide opportunities for a new generation of seabird surveyors.