|Recycling our 2015 count sheets this year!|
Between the 29th January and the 1st February, voluteers were busy spotting birds and bashing Rhodo through some very interesting weather.
We challenged biodiversity volunteers to undertake the RSPB's Big Garden Bird Watch at all of our sites.
Despite the bad weather for much of the four day count, we were really lucky and had a great uptake, with people seeing birds even with gusting gales (though sometimes it was tricky!).
|Peak a boo!|
We just missing out on 100% coverage of our sites but managed to achieve what we did through the dedication of staff and students from different facilities, including a new survey teams at St Georges and the Surrey Club joining our survey efforts. Library and Learning Services (who are also part of the Library Environmental Action Force Green Team) were still in a brilliant position to survey the most number of sites, which they did covering 3 sites between them over the course of the 4 days we did the count.
|Smiling despite the rain!|
|Indoor surveys count too!|
We had some fun setting a bird count challenge to a school in Dorset – Wimborne First School to see if they could complete a count and also get people to do the count at home.
On Saturday the 20th, we ran our second Rhodo Bash of the year. We concentrated on small regrown which could be easily missed by teams removing larger plants, aiming to clear the lower slope pictured below of all of the regrowth, before moving onto bigger specimens of this invasive plant.
|Targeting system active|
|Clearing the rhodo|
During our lunch break, the volunteers got busy counting birds around Kingston Hill, through some were still a bit fast to identify, better weather allowed more to be spotted before we finished cutting, dragging stock piling and clearing up for the day.
|but making great progress in a day!|
|Spot the difference :)|
|End of a hard days work|