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Nest Record Scheme

Main Project Information
Goal Gather vital information on the productivity of the UK's birds.
Task Monitor a single garden nestbox or carry out a larger study.
Where Nest Record Scheme
United Kingdom

Nest Record Scheme volunteers gather vital information on the productivity of the United Kingdom's birds, using simple, standardized techniques. Participants provide the evidence needed to confirm whether a species in decline is encountering problems at the nesting stage.

Nest recording is one of the simplest citizen science projects at the British Trust for Ornithology in which to participate. Data are analyzed annually, and the results are published in the
"Breeding Birds in the Wider Countryside" report along with information on species’ abundance obtained through other British Trust for Ornithology monitoring schemes. Nest record data are also used to investigate the causes of species-specific trends in breeding success.

The project provides an ideal opportunity to participate in the conservation of Britain’s birds. Whether you can monitor a single garden nestbox or carry out a larger study, your records make a valuable contribution to the project.

How to Join

To participate, contact the project coordinators by e-mail at or by postal mail at:

Nest Records Officer
British Trust for Ornithology
The Nunnery, Thetford, Norfolk, England IP24 2PU

Please remember to include your name, initials, and postal address. Once the project coordinator has your details, you will receive a free Quickstart Guide and several "nest record cards," which are all you need to get started.

A full step-by-step guide to participating can be found here:

See also related project Nest Box Challenge:

Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families
Ideal Frequency Just once
Average Time Less than an hour
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity On a walk, run, On a hike
Media Mentions
and Publications
Tags birds
Project Updated 01/30/2018