Cameron, R.W.F. ; Brindley, P.; Riley, J. ; Goodrick, J.

Bird abundance and diversity data from Sheffield green spaces in summer 2018

The data records bird species and number in different green spaces within Sheffield City Region during June and July 2018. Activity of individual birds is also noted. Ten green spaces (parks) were surveyed on three occasions, with a researcher walking along six pre-designated line transects in each location. Birds were recorded by their common names and British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) code. Date and time were recorded for each observation.

The data was collected as part of the NERC IWUN Project (Improving well-being through urban nature).

Publication date: 2019-06-11

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

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

You must cite: Cameron, R.W.F. ; Brindley, P.; Riley, J. ; Goodrick, J. (2019). Bird abundance and diversity data from Sheffield green spaces in summer 2018. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre.


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Study area
Temporal extent
2018-06-06    to    2018-06-22
2018-06-27    to    2018-07-10
2018-07-11    to    2018-07-18

Supplemental information

Other useful information regarding this dataset:

Provenance & quality

The first survey (rep 1) was conducted between 6-22 June 2018, the second (rep 2) between 27 June and 10 July 2018 and the third (rep 3) between 11 and 18 July 2018. Surveys were carried out in the early morning (05:30 to 09:30). Transects were 60 m long and were selected to provide stratified sampling, in an attempt to ensure all habitats were observed within each green space. Transect lines did not overlap. The researcher walked slowly along the transect lines noting any birds on either side of the line, within designated ranges (0-25 m, 26-50 m and 51-100 m). A single experienced ecologist was employed throughout for consistency, and used binoculars to verify more distant sightings. The data sheet was checked to ensure data was logical. There is no guarantee that certain birds were not counted twice, but as the methodology was systematic, the assumption is that the error potential was consistent throughout the entire data set.

Correspondence/contact details

Dr. Ross Cameron
University of Sheffield
Western Bank
S10 2TN


Cameron, R.W.F.
University of Sheffield
Brindley, P.
University of Sheffield
Riley, J.
Wild Sheffield Consultancy
Goodrick, J.
Wild Sheffield Consultancy

Other contacts

Environmental Information Data Centre
NERC Environmental Information Data Centre


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


Topic categories
biodiversity,  birds,  Blackbird,  Blackcap,  Black-headed gull,  Blue tit,  Bolehills Park,  Canada goose,  Carrion crow,  Chaffinch,  Chiffchaff,  Coal tit,  Coat tit,  Collared dove,  Coot,  Crookes Valley Park,  Devonshire Green,  Dunnock,  Endcliffe Park,  Feral/hybrid goose,  Goldcrest,  Goldfinch,  Graves Park,  Great spotted woodpecker,  Great tit,  Greenfinch,  Grey heron,  Grey wagtail,  House sparrow,  IWUN,  Jackdaw,  Jay,  Kestrel,  Lesser black-backed gull,  Long-tailed tit,  Magpie,  Mallard,  Mandarin,  Mistle thrush,  Moorhen,  Nuthatch,  Pied wagtail,  Robin,  Sheffield Song thrush,  South Street Park,  Starling,  Swallow,  Swift,  Treecreeper,  Tufted duck,  UK,  urban,  Valuing Nature Programme,  Weston Park,  Woodpigeon,  Wren
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