The BTO Nest Record Scheme https://www.bto.org/volunteer-surveys/nrs
The data collected from the NRS is used to identify trends in breeding performance, which help the BTO and other wildlife organisations identify species that may be declining because of problems at the nesting stage.
Any school can be a nest recorder. Just monitor during the spring and summer months the activity that takes place in your webcam Bird Box.
How to take part
Step 1: Register to join the Nest Recording Scheme
Complete and return the NRS Registration form to:
Nest Record Scheme, BTO, The Nunnery, Thetford, Norfolk, IP24 2PU.
On receipt of your form you will be issued with a NRS Observer Code which will allow you to enter your results in BTO online database.
Step 2: Read all documents in the NRS Starter Pack
On registering to join the project you will be sent a NRS Starter pack. This contains the following documents that can also be downloaded from the BTO website:
Step 3: Download and install the Integrated Population Monitoring Reporter (IPMR) software on your laptop or PC
The BTO’s Integrated Population Monitoring Reporter (IPMR) to record and share your observations online. To get started just download and install the free app on your laptop or PC by clicking on the link above.
Step 4: Observe and record activity in your webcam Bird Box
Start recording as soon as you observe any nest building activity in your webcam Bird Box. Schools supporting the scheme will be expected to record activity in the nest at regular intervals, ideally every 4-5 days, until no live eggs or nestlings remain in the nest.
Click on the link for an illustrated guide on how to record all activity in your Bird Box.
Step 5: Viewing your results
To view your own and others Bird Box records follow the instructions in the IPMR Nest Record Guide.