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Tweed BioBlog – Friday 26th October: Bird count

Friday 26th October: Out early for a “vantage point” predatory bird count – this means every one out (and the bailiffs too) driving from bridge to bridge (& a few other good vantage points) and counting the Goosanders and Cormorants seen. This is done throughout the catchment, tributaries as well as main channel, so we can provide data on the distribution of the birds as well as the counts along the main channel, both of which we need to make the applications for control licences. My section today was from the Gattonside footbridge up to the new Cardrona bridge, with Goosanders present at most bridges. Checked the Peebles trap after, then back to the office for a later than usual monthly meeting.