Could you help the BTO monitor Scotland’s breeding birds?

24 April 2013

With the breeding season imminent, BTO Scotland are trying to increase the number of Breeding Bird Surveyors and are running a programme of training courses and individual mentoring to help increase the coverage of this important and interesting survey.

With the generous support of SNH and the SOC, BTO Scotland are employing a small team of professional ornithologists for the mentoring programme, but are very keen to hear from experienced  bird surveyors who might have some time to help out with the training programme, so as to increase the number of new volunteers being trained.

If you would like to help the next generation of BBS volunteers then please consider sharing your skills and expertise with a new volunteer. The BTO will provide you with all the support and encouragement that you need. The support that you could offer a new volunteer could range from answering some questions over the phone or by email, to accompanying the trainee surveyor on their first survey visits.

Travel expenses are available for volunteer mentors so, for example, if you would be interested in mentoring new volunteers in a part of Scotland that doesn’t have many volunteers, then we would love to hear from you- just think of the beautiful parts of the country that you could be visiting and also helping to monitor.

If this would be of interest to you, or even if you would like to take on your own BBS square, then please contact James Bray at BTO Scotland ( or 01786 466560).

Many thanks for any help that you can provide.



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