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 government advice published on 23.03.2020 is clear that we should remain at home as much as possible.
The SRMS advice is to follow current government advice and remain at home. The restrictions announced on 23 March will last for three weeks, and will be reviewed on 13 April. We will continue to monitor the government advice, and will update our statement accordingly. We will continue to provide updates on our website. The current advice is that you must not carry out fieldwork if by doing so you would be in breach of the government advice. Fieldwork is not considered essential under current advice.
The health of our contributors is very important to us, as are our relationships with the landowners and local communities. It is likely that fieldwork will be much reduced this year and the uncertainty around what may be possible has already led some organisations to cancel all breeding season surveys for 2020. The situation may end up similar to that during Foot and Mouth in 2001, but monitoring is very much a long-term project, which will not suffer unduly from the occasional short-term crisis.
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 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