About the survey
The Fryern Park estate, 35 acres of woodland and river, offers a habitat oasis for birds and other wildlife. Storrington Conservation Society is keen to record the range of species of birds found within its boundaries, and your observations will contribute to this on-going record.
The records of all bird sightings are useful information, even of those birds considered common such as wood pigeon, blue tit, magpie etc. A record of bird sightings would look very odd if it didn’t include common species!
It is great when you manage to catch a glimpse of a bird but often you can only hear them but are still able to identify them by their song or call. This is also useful information to let us know that the bird species can be found in the area. So if you hear a bird and can recognise it, whether it is the screech of a jay, the chatter of a magpie, the fruity song of a black bird, the mew of a buzzard, the twit twoo of a pair of tawny owls, the call of a cuckoo (if we’re lucky) or whatever it may be, still record it.
Bird survey area
The bird survey area is from Fryern Park to the Mill Pond, roughly within the red bounded area shown on the map below. The map is divided into separate locations to help better identify where the bird is.
When recording your sighting (or hearing) just been as accurate as you can using the survey map, and separate locations within it, as a guide. To help identify those locations significant landmarks – bridges and the boardwalk – are highlighted.
How to record your sightings
Use the form below to record your sightings.
- your name
- your email address
- the common name of the bird you have seen or heard;
- the location (drop-down list);
- whether it is a sighting or a hearing (drop-down list)
- the date of your sighting or hearing;
- the number of individuals of that species you saw together. Separate sightings of the same species, even if in the same area, should be recorded separately.
If you heard but did not see the bird record the number of individuals you think you heard. Usually it will be ‘1’ but you may, for example, hear birds calling and responding to each other (like tawny owls do) so you know that there are at least 2 individuals.
- the sex of the bird (drop-down list) If there is more than one bird and the group includes both male and female then record as ‘mixed’. If you don’t know the sex then record as ‘unknown’.
In the ‘Other details’ box please enter any other useful comments such as
- where the bird was seen such as on the trunk of a tree, under bushes, near / in the water, on the ground etc.
- what the bird was doing e.g. nesting, feeding chicks, roosting.
If you have been able you take a photograph you may upload it providing the file size does not exceed 2Mb. A photograph will greatly assist with identifying the bird seen.
What we will do with your sightings records
Each year we will compile a list of all of the sightings into a report for the Society.
Note that if you get an error message when you send the form you will need to correct any errors and try to send the form again.