Durham Upland Bird Study Group

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Young Merlin

The breeding success of Merlin in Durham has been studied for 30 years.
Photo: D Raw

The Durham Bird Club (DBC) covers the recording area of Durham as a whole including SouthTyneside, the north side of Teesmouth and Startforth District in the far south west.   The Durham Upland Bird Study Group works in association with the DBC and concentrates on target upland species in the Pennine areas in the west of the county.   The DUBSG principally monitors species in the North Pennine SPA and adjoining valley systems generally west of the O.S. Easting NZ10 up to the county boundaries with Northumberland, Cumbria and North Yorkshire.

The DUBSG’s aim is to help conserve birds and their habitats in the Durham Pennines by monitoring the breeding population of key indicator species.  Formed in 1992, the group brings together the results of fieldwork by DBC members and independent workers.  The DUBSG acts as the local contact for the issue of Schedule I Disturbance Licences by Natural England and Ringing Permits by the BTO.  Several species benefit from long running monitoring studies and these include Peregrine, Merlin, Common Buzzard, Hen Harrier and Raven.  Other species that are surveyed either through sample areas or occasional dedicated studies and these include Wigeon, Goshawk, Black Grouse, Short-eared Owl, Ring Ouzel and Twite