Hinsley, S.A.; Bellamy, P.E.

First egg dates for great tits (Parus major) and blue tits (Cyanistes caeruleus) breeding in three deciduous woods in Cambridgeshire, England in 1993 to 2016

This dataset contains first egg dates for great tits (Parus major) and blue tits (Cyanistes caeruleus) from Monks Wood, Brampton Wood and Wennington Wood in Cambridgeshire, England, over a 23 year period. The dataset runs from the breeding season in 1993 to the end of the breeding season in 2015. The first egg dates are presented as the number of days from the start date which was set as the 1st April each year. Because the timing of breeding of great tits and blue tits is influenced in large part by ambient temperature and the phenology of their main prey, the data were collected as a measure of spring phenology. These data comprise part of a larger long-term study of the influence of habitat (extent, structure and composition) and landscape factors on abundance, distribution and breeding success of woodland birds in English lowland deciduous woodland.

Publication date: 2016-04-07

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Format of the dataset : Comma-separated values (CSV)

This dataset is made available under the terms of the Open Government Licence

You must cite: Hinsley, S.A.; Bellamy, P.E. (2016). First egg dates for great tits (Parus major) and blue tits (Cyanistes caeruleus) breeding in three deciduous woods in Cambridgeshire, England in 1993 to 2016. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre. https://doi.org/10.5285/2efa9bf4-e5c0-42f9-8fcb-90dca2bb9c66

 

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Where/When

Study area
Temporal extent
1993-01-01    to    2015-12-31

Provenance & quality

Field data collected by trained and experienced personnel. Egg dates have been checked against original paper records. Numbers of lines of data have been checked and data values have been checked for outliers. Individual egg date values have been checked against mean values per year for each site.

Correspondence/contact details

Dr. Shelley Hinsley
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Maclean Building, Benson Lane, Crowmarsh Gifford
Wallingford
Oxfordshire
OX10 8BB
United Kingdom
enquiries@ceh.ac.uk

Authors

Hinsley, S.A.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Bellamy, P.E.
RSPB

Other contacts

Custodian
Environmental Information Data Centre
eidc@ceh.ac.uk
Publisher
NERC Environmental Information Data Centre
eidc@ceh.ac.uk

Spatial

Spatial representation type
Tabular (text)
Spatial reference system
OSGB 1936 / British National Grid

Tags

Topic categories
Biota
Keywords
blue tits,  Brampton Wood,  breeding,  Cambridgeshire Cyanistes caeruleus deciduous woodland,  England great tits,  Monks Wood Parus major Phenology Wennington Wood
INSPIRE Theme
Environmental Monitoring Facilities