As Cambridge is quite a large area, we would like to cover as much of the city as possible with 10 minute point counts, which will require point counts at more than 10 locations. The RSPB design prefers observations made in calm, mild weather and with no rain, as well as within the time interval 5pm to 9pm, and at designated locations.
We would also welcome 10 minute point counts at any time, in any weather and at any place that participants may choose, but if you can manage to satisfy the constraints of the RSPB design, then please do.
We hope to determine to what extent time of day and different weather conditions matter.
For anyone who would like to be involved, then we have prepared a Google map of preferred locations
As well as a form to record observations (hit File> Download).
Note that there are 4 categories of weather to record, as well as 5 categories of flying Swifts - all explained on the form.
We will derive data for the RSPB form, 2 visits per site, from these records.
Please email completed forms to firstname.lastname@example.org
Should anyone else in another town or village wish to use this form, then please help yourself.