Bird Surveys

Bird surveys were originally instigated by the park management in early 2006, with the staff themselves taking notes of the sightings. The setting of the Friends later in the year saw us take on the survey and also that of reporting the results. 

We have recently been being featured in the London Natural History Society’s latest published report (for 2008) where we are mentioned under the Mistle Thrush as we have such a large (by London standards) resident population and in other recordings including the Dunnock.   

Survey Method 

Embracing some 77 acres, West Ham Park comprises three main areas, viz. the ornamental gardens, the principal games and recreational area and the nursery (which has not been included in the survey). 

Census Method
  • Spot Census of defined survey sites indicated on agreed locator maps prepared and published by West Ham Park management.
  • Pro forma survey sheets used to ensure consistency.
  • Survey Time Interval 15 minutes per occasion at each defined survey site 

OS Map Reference
Centred on the Bandstand West Ham Park is found at grid reference TQ 401 841.

Using the British Trust for Ornithology’s Habitat Coding Scheme, the survey areas comprise two main habitat types:-
  A Bird's-Eye View of West Ham Park
  Written, photographed and funded by Bob, this beautifully illustrated book lists, in full colour, the variety of birds that can be found at the park. 

One of only a few books written about the birds of Newham, the publication is a great reference tool for birdwatching beginners, young and old. 

The book costs £3.50  
Delivery is free to residents of Newham
 Ornamental Garden  
 F - Human Site
1 - Urban
3 - Municipal parks, mown grass, golf courses, recreational areas.
8 - Many shrubs
 Main Park
 F - Human Site
1 - Urban
3 - Municipal parks, mown grass, golf courses, recreational areas.
9 - Few shrubs

                                                                                       The Friends of West Ham Park                                                                                       
 Last updated 6 December 2018

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