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Aerial surveys of UK inshore areas for wintering seaduck, divers and grebes: 2000/01 and 2001/02 2003

Marine JNCC Publications Seabird Surveys 0963-8091 Evidence JNCC report series Marine Seabirds Surveillance and Monitoring 333

Abstract

This report describes the methods used in the aerial surveys of seaduck, divers and grebes during the winters of 2000/01 and 2001/02, and presents the numbers and distributions of those species recorded in each area. Differences in survey coverage and methods between years, plus the lack of a comparable long-term dataset, preclude conclusions on trends in numbers or distribution. The limitations of the methods and data presented are also discussed, and potential developments and improvements for future aerial surveys are suggested.

The aim of these surveys was to collect data on the numbers and distribution of wintering seaduck (Anatidae), divers (Gaviidae) and grebes (Podicepididae) within UK inshore areas known to be important for these groups of species. The areas surveyed in both winters were the Moray and Inverness Firths, the Firth of Tay and the Firth of Forth. The Beauly Firth was included in surveys of the Moray Firth area in 2000/01 while the Dornoch Firth was included in 2001/02. In addition, one-off surveys were made of Loch Indaal (Islay), the Solway Firth, part of the Angus coast, and Cardigan Bay in 2000/01; and the Thames Estuary and Suffolk coast in 2001/02.

Resource type Publication

Topic category Oceans

Reference date 2003·06·01

Citation
Dean, B.J., Webb, A., McSorley, C.A. and Reid, J.B. 2003. Aerial surveys of UK inshore areas for wintering seaduck, divers and grebes: 2000/01 and 2001/02. JNCC Report No. 333, JNCC, Peterborough.

Lineage
This report describes the methods used in, and the results of, aerial surveys conducted during the winters of 2000/01 and 2001/02.

Responsible organisation
Communications, JNCC publisher

Limitations on public access No limitations

Use constraints Available under the Open Government Licence 3.0

Metadata date 2020·06·03

Metadata point of contact
Communications, JNCC

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