SOC's first talk of the season takes place on Thursday 3 October, when you will have the opportunity to hear from Daisy Burnell on the importance of seabird monitoring.
As an island nation, our links to the sea and its inhabitants have always been strong. With a constant connection between the land and the rolling waves, it's no surprise that seabirds have been, and still are, the muse for both the arts and sciences alike. However, it's no secret that some of our resident breeding seabird populations are under increasing strain.
Daisy will describe the importance of regular monitoring at a sample of seabird colonies and explain how the data collected can help identify robust trends and thereby highlight problems. She will also tell us about why projects such as Seabirds Count are required to add context and how they can help uncover why change might be happening.
Censuses give us a unique opportunity, not only to understand population changes across time, but also on a spatial scale - Daisy will demonstrate how the knowledge garnered allows a greater insight into the relationship between our seabird populations and the pressures they face and how ultimately, this knowledge might allow us to mitigate their effects.
Finally Daisy will describe how such a large project is being delivered, and what the 2019 season brought in terms of challenges and results.
Daisy Burnell is currently the project coordinator for Britain and Ireland’s breeding seabird census, Seabirds Count. She works in partnership with 18 organisations, who together form the Seabird Monitoring Programme Partnership. Her love of birds has been lifelong, but it wasn’t until Daisy fully realised the complexity of the pressures seabirds are facing, that she was inspired to pursue a career in their conservation.
The Allan Centre, Fountain Road, Bridge of Allan, FK9 4AT (click here for a map of the surrounding area and for directions).
We ask attendees for a small donation of £2 SOC members (£3 non members) to cover the cost of refreshments and room hire.