- Establish the number of occupied territories.
- Establish the outcome of any breeding attempts in each occupied territory. This involves determining whether a pair successfully fledged young, failed at some point in the breeding cycle (for example, on eggs, with small young or with large young) or did not breed at all.
- Establish the number of fledged young from each breeding attempt.
- Detailed productivity monitoring. This will usually involve inspecting the nest at close quarters, for example, to obtain clutch size.
Remember that Raptor Patch has been designed so that you can progressively develop your knowledge and skills – we do not expect you to be able to learn everything straightaway. With this in mind we suggest the following order of priority for establishing what breeding raptors are doing in your Raptor Patch: