It is vital that volunteers and other contributors who submit data to the SRMS follow the latest government advice in order to prevent the spread and transmission of infection. The Scottish Government advice updated on 28.05.2020 moved Scotland into Phase 1 of relaxation of restrictions as per their four phase route map for easing restrictions and will be subject to review. We will continue to monitor the government advice, and will update our statement and any information provided on our website accordingly. The current advice allows outdoor fieldwork to recommence provided that you adhere to other relevant COVID-19 advice from the Scottish Government. We ask that you comply with the spirit of the government advice.

Most raptor monitoring in Scotland is carried out voluntarily in compliance with the Scottish Outdoor Access Code. Following the Cabinet Secretary response to a Parliamentary Question on 15 June 2020, the Scottish Government clarified that from Phase 1 onwards voluntary raptor monitoring could be included in the ecological surveys and research covered by the guidance for outdoor working which includes forestry, environmental management and survey activities. This means that raptor monitoring does not need to stay local (within 5 miles) providing the relevant guidance is followed. Please follow any specific health and safety guidance and risk assessments related to this from your respective organisation or employer where relevant.

It is important to note that raptor monitoring involves a very low virus transmission risk (to or by its participants) as it is largely carried out by individual raptor fieldworkers operating in their local areas of established monitoring responsibility.  We urge raptor fieldworkers to exercise good judgement and to respect the advice and the intention behind it. Given the remote nature of some survey locations please check appropriate websites as some emergency services (coastguard and mountain rescue) have stated that cover will remain reduced. Please also be aware that some regular access points such as car parks and associated facilities remain closed currently.

Where raptor ringing and tagging is involved the ringers and taggers should follow the specific advice and guidance issued by BTO.

The health of our contributors is very important to us, as are our relationships with the landowners and local communities. Resumption of fieldwork before the end of the breeding season will allow some of the gap in early season to be made up but overall survey will still be reduced in 2020. However, as monitoring is a long term project it can cope with short term data gaps.

Whether you are already involved in the Scottish Raptor Monitoring Scheme (SRMS) or this is your first experience of us, we hope that you will find our website of interest.

Never heard of the SRMS before?
Why not begin by taking a look at the About page to find out more about what we do.

Already contribute data to the SRMS?
Thank you – without you the SRMS would not be able to deliver its aims. We hope you will continue to support the work of the Scheme and will keep coming back to keep up to date with our work.

Already involved in monitoring Scottish raptors but not currently contributing data to the SRMS?
We’d love you to considering sharing your data with us so that we and our SRMS partners can use it to benefit raptor conservation. Feed your data into the SRMS and be part of our work to benefit raptor conservation in Scotland.

Considering taking up raptor monitoring but don’t know where to begin?
Take a look at our Getting involved page, where you can also learn more our more about how you can take part in our new survey –  Raptor Patch – to help the SRMS collect more information on Scotland’s more widespread raptor species.

Need advice on raptor monitoring?
Whether you are already an experienced raptor worker or are new to raptor monitoring, we are happy to provide advice. Please consult the Advice on monitoring page for the latest guidance on monitoring raptors.

A conservation policy maker?
On the species pages you can see the latest trends for each of our raptor species and understand which ones are most requiring conservation action in Scotland.

Interested in accessing SRMS data?
Take a look at our data pages to find information about the information that we collate and how you can to access it.

If you would like to keep up with SRMS news why not sign up to receive our Scottish Raptor newsletter which we publish 2-3 times per year.

If you cannot find the information that you are seeking then please use the Contact page to get in touch and we will be happy to try to help.

Amy Challis (Scottish Raptor Monitoring Coordinator)

on behalf of the Scottish Raptor Monitoring Group