Marine Bird Surveys
A key requirement of the CalMac Ferries Marine Awareness Programme is the gathering of data using a standardised methodology. The methodology for recording marine bird data for this project is the European Seabirds At Sea (ESAS) methodology. There are currently no citizen science projects in the UK gathering data using the ESAS methodology which means that there is no established methodology for training volunteers to the ESAS standard. JNCC have been working with a number of Programme partners to design a mentoring scheme to recruit and train volunteers to take part in the surveys.
During 2018 a limited number of pilot surveys will be undertaken across the CalMac Ferries network to establish the most suitable routes for future surveys.
Further details about Marine Bird surveys will be published here.