Somerset bird atlas to be published

Bird distribution in Somerset is to be mapped for the first time by a team of volunteers.

The Somerset Ornithological Society is to publish a "bird atlas" that will map the winter and breeding cycles of birds and where they reside in the county.

Information collated will be used as a reference for future bird surveys in Somerset.

The society's Eve Tigwell said it would offer a "snapshot picture" of which birds are in the county.

She said: "It may be 10 or 20 years when we can do it again and discover what sort of changes have happened.

"So it's really using birds as a monitor of our environment and what's actually out there in our countryside."

The project is designed to complement the nationwide bird count carried out by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) between 2007 and 2011 and provide a more detailed record of bird activity in Somerset.

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