Raptor Patch

You do not need to already know lots about raptors or raptor monitoring to be able to take part in Raptor Patch. Everything you need to get started is available here on the SRMS website. Click here to understand how you can progressively develop your skills and experience at a pace that suits you or take a look at the three leaflets below:

Raptor Patch - An Introduction leaflet cover    Raptor Patch - Getting Started leaflet cover    Raptor Patch - My Raptor Patch leaflet cover

The following species-specific guidance documents take you through the raptor monitoring year highlighting some of the things to be doing and to be looking out for:

  • Buzzard monitoring in your Raptor Patch – a guide to the essentials.  Last updated 20th March 2017.
  • Kestrel monitoring in your Raptor Patch – a guide to the essentials. Last updated 23rd March 2017.
  • Sparrowhawk monitoring in your Raptor Patch – a guide to the essentials. Last updated 20th March 2017.
  • Raven monitoring in your Raptor Patch – a guide to the essentials. Last updated 20th March 2017.
  • Encountering other raptor species in your Raptor Patch – a guide to the essentials. Last updated 20th March 2017.

Please also take a look at the following guidance and training materials:
  • Recording your observations in your Raptor Patch – This document explains how you should record your observations when you are out and about in your Raptor Patch and how you should record your data once you get home. Last updated 1st March 2016.
  • Raptor Patch Survey Effort Recording Form – Please use this form to record your survey effort information over the course of your study. Last updated 1st March 2016.
  • Raptor Patch Territory Recording Form – Please use this form to record the detailed information about each occupied territory that you locate within your Raptor PatchLast updated 8th August 2016.
  • Scottish Raptor Monitoring Scheme photo gallery - Search galleries of tagged reference images.  This gallery will expand with time.  If you have any images that you think would be useful to share with other Raptor Patch volunteers via this gallery then please contact the SRMC, who will be happy to consider adding them.
The following online resources may also be useful:
Connect with other Raptor Patch volunteers through our Raptor Patch forum. To join the forum please contact the SRMC, who will provide you with your unique logging in details.