The Breeding Bird Survey 2019
Author(s): Harris, S.J., Massimino, D., Balmer, D.E., Eaton, M.A., Noble, D.G., Pearce-Higgins, J.W., Woodcock, P. & Gillings, S.
Published: May 2020 Issue No.: 726
Publisher: British Trust for Ornithology
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This is the twenty-fifth annual report of the BTO/JNCC/RSPB Breeding Bird Survey (BBS), documenting the population trends of widespread UK breeding bird species during the period 1994–2019.
The BBS is the main scheme for monitoring the population changes of the UK’s common breeding birds, providing an important indicator of the health of the countryside. BBS trends are produced each year for more than 115 species, and the results are used widely to set priorities and inform conservation action.
In 2017, the Breeding Bird Survey Partnership adopted the Waterways Breeding Bird Survey, previously funded by BTO with financial support from the Environment Agency, and this report now incorporates news, trends and research from this waterways-specific monitoring scheme.
Thanks to all surveyors who contributed to this report
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