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JNCC visual aerial bird survey data 2015


This resource provides visual aerial survey data for seaduck, divers, grebes, and little gull.

Data were collected visually from aircraft at the following sites, identified as holding potentially important aggregations of non-breeding waterbirds: Aberdeen, Cardigan Bay, Carmarthen Bay, Coll and Tiree, Firth of Clyde, Firth of Forth, Firth of Tay, Greater Wash, Islay, Montrose, Moray Firth, Mull, North East (of England), North West (of England), Northern Ireland, Orkney, Outer Hebrides, Shetland, Sound of Gigha, South Cornwall, South Kent, Thames and Wester Ross. The data collected were used to inform SPA recommendations.

If you are interested in data from only one of the sites, these are available to download as individual Excel spreadsheets from JNCC's Resource Hub.

Supporting information is provided in the accompanying document: 'Supporting information on visual aerial bird survey data'.

Additional information is also available in the following publication: Camphuysen, K.J., Fox, A.D., Leopold, M.F. and Petersen, I K. 2004. Towards standardised seabirds at sea census techniques in connection with environmental impact assessments for offshore wind farms in the U.K.: a comparison of ship and aerial sampling methods for marine birds, and their applicability to offshore wind farm assessments (PDF, 2.7 Mb), NIOZ report to COWRIE (BAM – 02-2002), Texel, 37pp.

Resource type Dataset

Topic category Biota

Reference date 2015·12·07

Access database created from the distribution of sightings from JNCC aerial surveys (All species)

Responsible organisation
Digital and Data Solutions, JNCC distributor

Limitations on public access No limitations

Use constraints © JNCC, available under the Open Government Licence v3.0 (

Metadata date 2023·08·31

Metadata point of contact
Digital and Data Solutions, JNCC

Temporal extent 2001·· 2010··

Spatial extent
North 60.84
South 49.77
East 2
West -8.65
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