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Mapping swift sightings

May 2020

Social distancing due to COVID-19 has made team working, and therefore citizen science, a challenge. We have therefore encouraged our members to stay safe and to contribute sightings of swifts to the online map managed by the Suffolk Biodiversity Information Service. Using our data alongside that of others, it is clear that swifts appear to prefer a corridor in Felixstowe from Brook Lane in the north east to Wolsey Gardens in the south west. We therefore encourage home owners living outside that corridor to install swift nesting boxes to broaden the area of Felixstowe favoured by swifts.

New map created in Leaflet

October 2019

We created this map using the Leaflet JavaScript Library ie we did not use any apps in this work. We used the ten randomly chosen locations as the basis for birding observations for our October 2019 Autumn bird count - see the Data Analysis tab.  We intend to use Leaflet in future work too. 

New raster heat map of bird counts

1 - 10 March 2019

Following on from our previous heat map (see below) we simply wanted to repeat the process in a completely different type of garden to show that heat mapping is viable in any kind of environment. The clear benefit of this map is to show the garden owners where they may wish to do more work in attracting more birds (ie in the south west section of their garden). The map also shows the great success of their work in attracting birds in the northern part of their garden, particularly the north east.

Raster heat map of bird counts

1 Jan - 8 Feb 2019

We divided the back garden of one of our members into rectangular sections. Bird counts for each section were then used within an R program to create this heat map. It clearly shows that most birds were counted in the north section of the garden corresponding to the location of trees with berries. Overall, the map shows that this individual's commitment to wildlife-friendly gardening has been rewarded with abundant bird counts. However, this map makes sense of the spatial patterning of that data. 

We are pleased to share the completed map of our Hedgehog Count for May 2018. The map shows the location of the 58 reported sightings we received of hedgehogs in the Felixstowe area up to, and including Kirton. We hope to repeat this collaborative mapping exercise next year to see how the situation changes.

In April 2018, we contacted our members, and asked them to spend the first week in May 2018 counting their local hedgehogs. They then submitted their sightings. The result of all that collaboration is our first map shown below. Each turquoise dot represents a reported hedgehog sighting. To learn more, please double click on our map.