Further help needed for Dartmoor Birds

Posted February 8th, 2016 at 5:20 pm

Devon Birds is supporting this work on nesting birds on Dartmoor with a grant to help; but they also need to raise additional funds and have asked if we would display their request, set out below:

A group of Devon Birds members has started a crowdfunding campaign to raise money to support their study on Dartmoor birds. The Dartmoor Upland Bird Nest Group (www.dartmoornests.org) has been studying nests of ground-nesting birds on Dartmoor for the past 8 years, and has collected nest record data for over 1300 nests.  Although their main focus is on Meadow Pipits, Cuckoos, Stonechats and Whinchats, they have monitored nests of over 30 species, building an extensive dataset on the breeding of our Dartmoor birds. Their fieldwork has been volunteer-run for the last 8 years, but as their work has been expanding rapidly in recent years, the group is hoping to raise £6000 to cover part of the fieldwork costs to be able to continue and expand their work.

The aim of their group is to help bird conservation and scientific study by building an understanding of breeding success and breeding requirements. All their nest records are submitted to the BTO, nestlings are ringed, and the data is used by the group’s two PhD researchers from the University of Exeter. Sara Zonneveld, PhD researcher at the University of Exeter, said “The volunteers on our project are incredibly skilled and dedicated, and their work is essential for our scientific studies on ground-nesting birds at the University of Exeter. We hope that through this crowdfunding campaign, we will be able to continue the success of this valuable project on our fantastic Dartmoor bird community.”

To find out more, please visit the Dartmoor Upland Bird Nest Group’s crowdfunding website at https://exeter.hubbub.net/p/dartmoornests. A donation of just £5 allows the volunteers to ring 20 nestlings. The website also offers a range of rewards to thank you for your donations.

There are two ways to make a donation to the Dartmoor Upland Bird Nest Group’s fundraiser:
By credit/debit card using the crowdfunding site (before 13 March):
- go to https://exeter.hubbub.net/p/dartmoornests
- press “sponsor”.
- Select a reward, or “£1 or more” if you wish to donate any amount without receiving a reward
- Select “sign up with your email address”Stonechat Dartmoor Charles R Tyler
- Choose a username, fill in your email address and choose a password
- follow the rest of the instructions to pay by card
By cheque (to be received before 9 March):
- Make cheques payable to “University of Exeter”
- Enclose your name and address with the cheque
Post the cheque and your details to:
Dartmoor Upland Bird Nest Group
 c/o Sara Zonneveld
Biosciences College of Life & Environmental Sciences
Geoffrey Pope Building
University of Exeter
Exeter  EX4 4QD