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BTO: Scientists follow amazing Cuckoos on their journey to Africa

Valentine the Cuckoo, by Lee Barber/BTO

As part of a project to discover what might be driving the decline in UK Cuckoo numbers, the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) has fitted four of these iconic birds with satellite tags. These tags will enable BTO researchers to follow the Cuckoos as they make their way to the Congo rainforest, where they winter, and back again next spring.

BTO: Brand new data on gardens keeps growing

Blue Tit, by Jill Pakenham/BTO

Gardenwatch, one of the most ambitious citizen science projects to take place in the UK, was launched during BBC's Springwatch 2019. This collaboration between the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), BBC, and the Open University leaves no stone unturned to help find out just how important gardens are for wildlife. This is the first time that such information has been collected on this scale.

BTO: Britain's owls need twenty minutes

Tawny Owl (Howard Stockdale)

Evidence suggests that our Tawny Owl population is falling and it might be that we are losing them from our towns and cities. Taking part in the BTO’s Tawny Owl Calling Survey will help make this clearer.

Tawny Owls are very difficult to monitor, as they live their lives during the hours of darkness, so we often hear them rather than see them. We want people to listen for the distinctive ‘hoot’ calls of the males and sharp ‘kee-wick’ of the females. Anyone can take part and the BTO website has a series of Tawny Owl recordings for people to familiarize themselves with the various calls.

BTO: Heard an Owl?

Tawny Owl (Howard Stockdale)

The British Trust for Ornithology is asking the great British public to participate in a national study of Tawny Owls and their calling behaviour, by listening out for them this autumn and winter. Tawny Owl populations are thought to be in decline and the species has recently been added to the Amber List of Birds of Conservation Concern.

A call for records!

Have you seen Water vole or American Mink in North Merseyside?

For a number of years we have been supplying records to the National Water Vole Database and Mapping project. This generally takes place on a yearly basis and the call has just come in for us to supply any new records!

If you have sighting of Water vole or American Mink which you would like to share to be used as part of this vital piece of conservation work then please send them in before October this year.

Bee Survey: Nob End SSSI, Bolton

Contact Catherine Haddon (chaddon@lancswt.org.uk) for more information and to book a place on this course.

Help survey for the common, rare and downright unusual bees of Merseyside and Lancashire with Ben Hargreaves as part of Plan Bee.

Around 250 types of bee in the UK – 24 species of bumblebees (two local extinctions of bumblebee) and 225 kinds of solitary bee and honeybees.

Kew Gardens: Powdery Mildew Survey

Powdery Mildew

Powdery mildews commonly occur on garden plants, are unsightly, and can cause serious damage. To help understand how widespread powdery mildews are, both in terms of geography and hosts, the Royal Horticultural Society and University of Reading are working together to identify and map as many powdery mildews as possible over the next two growing seasons. You can help by supplying us with infected plant samples and in exchange we will do our best to tell you what mildew is infecting your plant.

PondNet: Protecting ponds with the Freshwater Habitats Trust

Freshwater Habitats Trust

This year the Freshwater Habitats Trust (previously Pond Conservation) are rolling out their new national pond monitoring programme to North Merseyside. Merseyside BioBank has been asked to help deliver the project on the ground by putting out a call to local naturalists and volunteers, that means you!

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