Sunday, 16 November 2008

Maps of Buckland Dinham survey area.

A couple of my blogging friends tried to trace my route on my bird survey that I'd posted the last few days. So, I thought I would post a Google Earth map showing the area and also below is my Ordnance Survey map which I use to find my way around in the field.
The numbered areas show roughly where certain photos were taken and the blue line (a bit wobbly, sorry) shows my route taken. If you look on the OS map below, you will see various green dotted lines, these are either permissive footpaths or recreational routes or bridleways. When I'm planning my route, I want to try and keep to these paths and use country lanes too. I also want to try and include as much diverse habitat as possible, therefore hoping to get the most amount of bird species. All birds recorded on these surveys get sent up to the British Trust for Ornithology to be included in the bird atlas. This survey is running from 2007 to 2011. It might be helpful to click on the maps to enlarge them. 1. This is where I left my car and started my survey.
2. There is a footpath here between houses that leads to the pasture area where the cows were feeding.
3. This is where that one cow and I met at the gate, me luckily on the other side of the fence!
4. The long green field where my line wobbles alot is where I saw and photographed my pair of Stonechats. At the number 4 I also joined a country lane where I saw my Tree sparrows and photographed the lovely autumn colour in the hedgerow.
5. This is where I start the footpath that leads up the hill and to the field with the three trees in it.
6. You can see the three trees in the field just above my 6.
7. I'm nearly at the top of the hill. This is where I saw many Fieldfares and Redwings flying over in flocks.
8. The wooded footpath leading to the sheep field.
9. This light coloured field is where the sheep were feeding. It was green when I was there. Halfway down that field is where I took one of the photos of the disused colliery. I'm going downhill now.
10. This shows where the disused colliery is amongst the blob of trees. If you click on the GE map, you can see the shadow of the brick tower.
11. This is where the muddy stubble fields started and where I took photos of the Great Tit and further along the Guinea fowl. I'm guessing the belong to the farmer at number 12, though they weren't in any sort of enclosure.
12. The muddy farm entrance where I tried to clean my boots up a bit!
I then had a short walk back to the village and my car.
I hope you've enjoyed following me around my survey route, I've enjoyed working it out on GE etc! (-:

5 comments:

Roy said...

Thanks for that Jen. That's a really nice walk. I can see the colliery chimney shadow now, I was looking in the wrong place before.

Eve said...

This is a fantastic job you did here Jenny! This really brings your trip to life. I'm going to try to spend a little free time (if I can find some today) going over this again! Oh By the way....you don't pen guinea fowl!!! Ha Ha...as my mom said while she was watching them during my trip to Maine "I let them out in the morning...and they always are home at night!" Ha Ha...silly birds!
Thanks for your great effort!

Jenny said...

Hi you two, glad you enjoyed the maps.

Mosura said...

I love pondering over maps. Problem is I got sidetracked looking up info on the Orcharleigh Stones. Now I'm wondering if there's anything left to see at Barrow Hill.

Jenny said...

Hi Alan, thanks for the link to Orchardleigh stones. When I was up on Barrow Hill, all I could see was pasture and some crop fields (earlier in the year there was sweetcorn in the field where barrow hill is shown. Not that I was looking for anything else other than birds at the time! (-: