Seabirds Count is the latest full census (rather than a survey snapshot) of breeding seabirds across the UK and Ireland. These surveys have run approximately every 15 years since 1969-70, the most recent being Seabird 2000. After four years of intensive fieldwork, Seabirds Count is now drawing to a close, with almost complete coverage of the Cornish coast completed.
The current census is being led by JNCC (the Joint Nature Conservation Committee) on behalf of the Seabird Monitoring Programme (SMP) partners and aims to count all breeding seabirds, including 25 species of auk, gulls, terns, Gannet, Fulmar, petrels, shearwaters, Shag and Cormorant. This will allow new updated population estimates to be generated and assessments of change over time to be made.
Count sectors for the current census are as defined in the previous census, Seabird 2000. The interactive map below shows all of the sectors defined for Cornwall, along with the survey method used previously (click on a marker to see details for each sector). We are now looking for volunteers to help cover some of the sections that have currently not been visited. Many of these require counts from the sea, as breeding areas are not visible from land, but we will have very generous help from boat operators to cover some of these: AK Wildlife Cruises, Mermaid Pleasure Trips and Atlantic Diver. However, there are many others that can be visited simply by scanning the coastline from an appropriate viewpoint, marked accordingly on the map. Survey methods are defined in the Seabird Monitoring Handbook.