Bird Food

What? 

Rocky shores aren't just about the small animals. Many species of wading bird are in decline, and understanding which habitats they are using is really important in order to conserve them. We are interested if wading birds use rocky and sandy shores as important feeding areas, particularly wrack (washed-up seaweed).

Who? 

To take part in this survey you must be aged 18+

Where? 

On a local shore

When? 

As frequently as you like, year-round

How? 

Conducting surveys for wading birds on both a beach and adjacent habitats. Once you have completed your survey please send your data sheets to: cocoast@hull.ac.uk

Why? 

Involves little equipment, and can be done whilst taking a coastal walk. Birds are great fun to watch, and will give you or improve ID skills. The data are important, and feed into British Trust for Ornithology Surveys.


Many species of coastal wading bird have suffered recent population declines. Lots of research has been done to look into how waders use estuarine environments but we still know very little about how they use rocky shores, sandy beaches, harbours and the terrestrial habitats that neighbour coastal areas. We are interested in finding out which species of wading birds use these habitats at different times throughout the year. We hope that this information will help to conserve these birds more effectively.



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