Whinchat Monitoring - Long Mynd, Shropshire

Our ornithologists have been working on the National Trust owned Long Mynd (Shropshire) over the last three weeks, finding and monitoring Whinchat Saxicola rubetra nests. A total of ten nests have been found to date, within which monitoring equipment has been installed to evaluate breeding success.

Unfortunately two of these nests failed early, although hopefully these birds will relay. Eight active nests remain, seven of which hold six eggs with the first chicks present on 4 June. All chicks will be colour ringed, details of which will be provided here.

Fingers crossed for a successful breeding season.

Whinchat Monitoring and Research Project - Shropshire

In the UK the Whinchat Saxicola rubetra population has declined by 53%, and 44% in England, in only 21 years (1995 and 2016). It is now localised within England, occurring in northern uplands and in pockets in the south, such as Salisbury Plain and the south-west. This severe decline in the breeding population saw the Whinchat move from the Amber List of Birds of Conservation Concern to the Red List in 2015.

During the 2019 breeding season BiOME are working on a Whinchat research project on the Long Mynd, Shropshire where the national population decline has been mirrored. This projects’ aim is to not only discover the reasons for the local decline, but also to be involved in developing ways of reversing it.

Nests will be found and birds colour-ringed; following which breeding success will be assessed and reasons for failure determined (when possible). Data in relation to habitat use will also be collected and assessed.

The colour-ring combination on each bird is unique, ensuring that individuals can be identified in the field. The proportion returning each following year will give an indication of longevity, and mortality rates.

The results of this research will be published here.

If you require any ornithological support please contact Martyn Owen (

Save our Curlews Project - Shropshire

The Curlew is a species very close to our hearts; we are therefore delighted to be involved with an important conservation project taking place in Shropshire this year. 

The Curlew population of this County, in common with most others, is declining rapidly. This project aims to find and monitor nests with cameras to determine the cause of failure or productivity, thus enabling targeted conservation in future years.

Full details of the project are available on the Webzine:


We are Recruiting!

BiOME is a multifaceted ecological consultancy with an emerging reputation for the delivery of high-quality development-related ecology works.  We are vigorous in delivering an outstanding product to our clients through the completion of fieldwork, reporting and assessment to an exceptional standard. Ecological research and education are also fundamental values of BiOME and we actively encourage and support our staff to further themselves in these areas, as well as being the best consultants they can be. We believe research, education and consultancy go hand-in-hand.

In 2016 we worked on projects across the globe in almost every sector, from the post-construction monitoring and assessment of wind farms in the UK, surveys and impact assessment in relation to industrial and infrastructure developments, to baseline surveys for a large mine in west Africa. Our client portfolio is diverse, as are the projects we work on, and 2017 is shaping up to be a busy year for us.

Due to our increasing workload we are looking to recruit a proven work winner with a track record in the delivery of projects.

  • Do you have a track-record of work winning?
  • Would you like to work flexible hours to help with your work/life balance?
  • Are you willing to work hard to deliver our projects to the highest standard?

If this is you we want to hear from you.

In return for your hard work, we will provide you with a competitive remuneration package and a work environment that will enable you to pursue both your personal and professional ecological goals and aspirations.

Please email with a full CV.