Details of our 2016 meeting, supported by the British Ecological Society Forest Ecology Group:

Date: 19 March 2016

PiedFly.Net is a citizen science project monitoring breeding woodland birds and woodland phenology. The network provides data collected to many science projects including the BTO Nest Record Scheme, Track a Tree and university and NGO research groups right across Europe, and also undertakes its own research. Each year the network holds a one day meeting shortly before the bird breeding season, the only occasion when all the monitors involved come together. The meeting is designed to provide feedback to monitors on the previous seasons results putting them in a long-term context, highlight new ways in which their data can be collected, submitted or used, and to show how their data is being used in scientific work. The meeting aims to increase members awareness of woodland ecology more generally. The 2016 meeting includes talks from visiting guest speakers Will Kirby (RSPB, Hawfinch declines), Bob Harris (formation of national study group and integrating data from north west England), Sophie Bell (PiedFly.Net, geolocators and provisioning rates) and Malcolm Burgess.

Time: 11-3

Location: Wooda Farm, Devon Wildlife Trust Centre, Doddiscombeleigh, Devon

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".

Our 6th Annual Meeting will take place on 19th March 2016, at Woodah Farm, Doddiscombleigh.

Full line up to be announced but includes Will Kirby (RSPB) talking about current research investigating Hawfinch declines, Sophie Ferguson talking about adult provisioning from our geolocator work and Bob Harris who monitors pied flycatchers in north west England.