We are very pleased that Malcolm Burgess was awarded a Marsh Award for Local Ornithology at a ceremony at the Mall Galleries in London, for his work founding and running PiedFly.Net.
A network that brought together nestbox schemes monitors and data together was originally conceived at a small gathering of Dartmoor based monitors and quickly expanded to cover schemes right across southwest England. Historic data was computerised, monitoring standardised through training and guidance, and results, news and related woodland science is shared with monitors through annual meetings. The network uses this extensive data, from nest monitoring and the detailed life history data available from near comprehensive ringing and recapture of pied flycatchers, collaboratively with researchers right across Europe. PiedFly.Net also leads on a tracking project using geolocators which is learning about migration ecology and identifying where UK pied flycatchers winter.
At the award ceremony Malcolm said "I am very pleased to accept this award, which in many ways is collected on behalf of nearly 100 monitors who willingly contribute their time each spring and share the data they collect. Many of these monitors have been collecting data for more years than I have been alive, and I'm very fortunate that they trust the network to use and share the citizen science data for science".