West Moss-side Organic Farm and Centre nr Stirling Scotland

RSPB Bird survey 2009 results

It's official!

RSPB Volunteer & Farmer Alliance 2009 records six more bird species at West Moss-side, including RED List species : Cuckoo, House sparrow, Lapwing, Skylark, Song thrush, Spotted flycatcher, Starling, Tree pipit and Yellowhammer . 

West Moss-side participated in the Volunteer & Farmer Alliance Project in summer 2009.  This is the second time, so it is possible to compare with the results from 2005. This is a great scheme whereby RSPB volunteers do a survey - visiting the farm on just 3 occassions betwen May and the end of June. And this year Richard Knight recorded 46 different species and that's 6 more compared to 2005!  The full bird list for West Moss-side is over 100 but this survey records just the day time summer birds. The survey indicates that there has been an increase in the number of skylarks recorded and it is so exciting as this is the FIRST year that lapwing have actually breed successfully. So all the conservation work has been successful against all the declines which we have seen around and about.

What is even more important is that of the 46 species, 23 are “Birds of Conservation Concern”.  13 are UK Biodiversity Action Plan priority species (*).  The RSPB produce an A3 laminated map of the farm with the locations and breeding status of the 9 Red List and 14 Amber List species mapped. This is on display in the Centre. The full species list is included below, divided into Red, Amber and Green species lists. 

How does a bird get on the list - 

The Red List contains 52 species that are globally threatened or which have suffered the most serious declines (more than 50% in the last 25 years!). 

The Amber List contains 126 species that are considered to be of medium conservation concern.  Birds are on the amber list because they have had a moderate decline in their breeding population or range (25-49%) in the last 25 years, or they are present in internationally - important numbers in the UK

The remaining 68 species are on the GreenList.  These birds have populations that are either increasing, stable or have decreased by less than 25% during thelast 25 years. Although these species are not a high priority for RSPB conservation action, it is vital that monitoring of their populations continues to provide an early warning of any substantial changes to their status.


House sparrow*
Song thrush*
Spotted flycatcher*
Tree pipit*


Common gull
House martin
Meadow pipit
Reed bunting*
Willow warbler


Blue tit
Carrion crow
Coal tit
Garden warbler
Great spotted woodpecker
Great tit
Grey heron
Pied wagtail
Sedge warbler

This year another 40 farms in S and SW Scotland have been surveyed, taking the total to 260 in the region. Of course that means that there have been over 100 volunteers who have made it possible. If you are a farmer and wopuld like to discover more about birds on your land then get in touch with Dan Brown
Vounteer & Farmer Alliance Advisory Officer,
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Come to see and hear the winter birds - pink footed geese by the thousand on the fields and in the air; redwing & field fares along the hedgerows and the woodlands, starlings by the hundred, and tens of sparrows in the bushes and if you are lucky you may see a hen harrier at dusk.

And I have to mention a really really exciting siting last month - A Kingfisher!!!  That is only the third Kingfisher I've heard of being seen on the Goodie Water at West Moss-side bridge in the 19 years I've been here!! What a treat for Elaine Sankey!