Latest developments

As we continue to make improvements to SRMS Online we will keep this page updated with a rolling list of key improvements and bug fixes:

15th March 2022

Ability to capture “Nest Sites not Visited”

Users are now able to easily let us know when they have not been able to check any Nest Sites that they would usually would monitor. In the ‘Visit Data’ menu there is a menu item called ‘Nest Sites Not Visited’. This brings up a list of all the Nest Site locations the user has access to and they are able to select from the drop-down menu in the “Visited/Not Visited” column to let us know when they have not visited a particular Nest Site. There is also a button to access this same area from within each Visit Log, so if there are some particular known Nest Sites within a Home Range that they have not managed to check in a given year then they can let us know.

9th March 2022

Improvement to Add Visit/Explore Visit Data

  • Users will now be able to see their own user location codes and names appearing in the “Add Visit/Explore Visit Data” area, which will make it significantly easier for them to retrieve started Visit Logs to add second and subsequent visits during the breeding season.
    Many users (particularly those monitoring many Home Ranges) were understandably frustrated by the fact that previously the only locational details listed were the SRMS Home Range Codes, rather than the user location names and codes familiar to them.

1st March 2022

Improvements to data entry in the Visit Logs

  • A new field called “Occupancy” – This allows users to capture the Occupancy status on each visit. The drop-down menu is the equivalent to what the SRMS spreadsheet has offered previously.
  • A new field called ‘Fledged’ – This allows users to easily capture the number of young known to have fledged.
    Up to now users have been encouraged to use a ‘Young near nest’ ‘NN’ status code instead.
  • A new status code called ‘Site unused – no birds present’ SZ – This code features in the ‘No Breeding’ section of the drop-down menu. This code can be used as a ‘finishing code’ on the last visit which should ensure the outcome of the breeding attempt is considered as ‘No breeding’.
    Up to now many records have been considered ‘unfinished’ by the system as the NS ‘No signs and no birds’ code alone, has not been enough to trigger a ‘No breeding’ outcome.
  • A new status code called ‘Birds on Territory’ BS – This code features in the Territory section of the drop-down menu. This code can be used to record birds seen at the Home Range level (which aren’t necessarily exhibiting any particular behaviours such as displaying), where a Nest Site may yet to be found.
    Several users identified scenarios where this new status code would be valuable.

Improvements to Location Management

  • Extend editing ability on Locations to all users with access to those locations – For pre-loaded locations ONLY (i.e. any locations that the SRMS pre-loaded to SRMS Online on behalf of users as part of their initial account setup) we have extended the ability to edit locations to all users with access to that location.
  • Added a number of fields to the Location Management List View, when “viewing by locations” – We have added (1) Primary Habitat, (2) Secondary Habitat, (3) Nest Type, (4) Nest Site to this view. These were all bread-and-butter fields on the SRMS spreadsheet. When the SRMS undertook to pre-load locations for users in some cases the information was incomplete or there was conflicting information for these fields supplied across the years. By making these details visible in List View it should be easy for users to see this information at a glance without having to open each location separately to see what might need updating.
  • Added a ‘Visibility’ field to the Location Management List View – Allows users to see at a glance who else has access to the same locations and to allow account Deputies within ‘operating group’ accounts to manage location access more straightforwardly.
  • Fixed a bug that was causing 100m x 100m square Nest Sites to deform when dragged – Users can now more easily update the position of locations by dragging them on the map without fear of the square shape being lost.
  • Fixed a bug that was preventing the “Define by Nest Point” button appearing on pre-loaded 100m x 100m locations – Users wishing to do so can more easily update the resolution of 100m x 100m square locations to a point location should they wish to do so, with the benefit of background imagery.
  • Fixed a bug that was causing the 5th &10th digits in 10-figure grid references of locations created via List View to change upon saving.
  • Improved display of location labels in Map View – Labels on the map should now be easier for users to read. Text is larger and white text is buffered with black to ensure that they stand out irrespective of the background mapping or imagery layer.

Standard reports

  • We have made available the first such report. This is a report that converts SRMS Online data input into an annual summary compatible with the previous SRMS spreadsheet. As visit logs are updated on SRMS Online this report should refresh with the latest information.

28th April 2021

  • New Effort Recording area – users can now record their monitoring effort within their Study Area(s) or Raptor Patch(es) which will help the SRMS maximise the value of their data to produce trends in breeding numbers at local, regional and national scales. All SRMS Online users are required to complete an annual summary of their effort each breeding season for each Study Area/Raptor Patch that they monitor. Users can also choose to complete a daily summary of their effort following every visit, which provides the SRMS with more valuable detail on their effort.
  • New ‘Observation Site’ button – users can now add ‘Observation Site’ locations directly via Map View as could already be done for ‘Nest Site’ and ‘Study Area’ location types.
  • Handy ‘Find by Nest Site’ button when you are adding Nest Sites or Observation Sites via Map View or List View – users are now able to more easily add locations to an existing SRMS Home Range by using this button to search for the relevant SRMS Home Range Code, based on their own Nest Site location code and names.
  • Mouse curser coordinates displaying in Map View – as users move their curser around the map they will now see the mouse coordinates (i.e. grid ref and latitude/longitude) displaying in the bottom left-hand corner. They can choose to turn this off by unticking the ‘Mouse Coordinates’ box under ‘Display’ in the Location Tools panel to the left of the map.
  • Easier to handle casual records from yourself of others –  ‘casual’ is now listed as an Observation Type in the Visit Log. If users are just passing through their Study Area on a non-official monitoring visit or perhaps receive useful information from somebody else which adds to the picture of what is going on at a particular Home Range then they are likely to want to select ‘Casual’ from the Observation Type drop-down as they input data in the relevant visit row. If the data are from a third party (e.g. a member of the public or a landowner) then users are now able to capture ‘Third Party’ from the Initials drop-down. Users should content themselves that the third party concerned would be happy for their data to be passed onto the SRMS and used in line with our SRMS Data Sharing & Use Policy.
  • New Pair Details tab – if users are monitoring a pair of birds that are individually identifiable, they are able to use this new tab to capture their details.
  • Toggling map layers when creating locations ‘on the fly’ – previously users could only toggle between the different map layers (Bing Aerial Map, OpenStreetMap, Ordnance Survey Map) when in Map View. Users can now access all three layers as they create locations ‘on the fly’ while inputting data to a Visit Log.
  • ‘Location groups’ has been re-named ‘SRMS Home Ranges’ in List View – whereas before in List View users could view by ‘Locations’ or ‘Location Groups’ you can now view by ‘Locations’ or ‘SRMS Home Ranges’.
  • ‘Edit geometry’ button in Map View has been re-named ‘Edit positioning’ in Map View – whereas before in Map View users could ‘Edit geometry’ you can now ‘Edit positioning’, which is a more user-friendly term.
  • When creating a new Observation Site via List View users are now given the chance to link to existing SRMS Home Ranges – previously a bug meant that the system was creating a new SRMS Home Range every time a new Observation Site was created and users were not given the chance to link to an existing Home Range.