The Scottish Raptor Monitoring Scheme holds summarised records for individual breeding attempts, showing occupancy and breeding outcomes.
These data are submitted from more than 300 individuals across Scotland. The vast majority of data contributors are volunteers and are members of the SRSG. Through many volunteers willingly contributing their data to the SRMS from their local studies, we are able to create a valuable repository of data that can be used to benefit raptor conservation at a regional, Scottish, UK and even international level. Data have also been regularly supplied by RSPB Scotland, including data collected by species officers monitoring the reintroduced populations of Red Kite and White-tailed Eagle. RBBP regularly passes on data extracted from the annual returns to the relevant licensing bodies (NatureScot and BTO) made by the small number of Schedule 1 licence holders who are not members of the SRSG. A small number of ecological consultancies are also now regularly contributing data to the SRMS.
Between 2009 and 2019 the majority of data submitted to the SRMS were sent in electronically, using a custom-designed MS Excel recording spreadsheet which ensured that the majority of submitted data were in a consistent format. Since 2019 we have been encouraging uptake of SRMS Online, an online data recording system capturing visit-by-visit information, which brings the SRMS more in line with other schemes collecting biodiversity data.