FERS undertakes general bird surveys such as breeding bird surveys and winter bird surveys. FERS also, however undertakes specialised bird surveys such as Whooper Swan survey and flight path analysis, Raptor surveys, Kingfisher surveys, etc.
FERS has taken part in national bird surveys (such as the 2015 Breeding Curlew survey) and undertaken numerous bird surveys for developments such as wind farms. FERS also specialises in “in-stream” surveys, including kayak-based surveys for Kingfisher. FERS undertakes winter monitoring of Whooper Swan occurring on the Boliden Tara Mines Tailings Management Facility, with pre-dawn/post-dusk (using thermal imagery cameras) surveys included.
FERS ecologists have experience of a wide range of survey techniques including:
- Breeding bird surveys (Countryside Bird Survey)
- Wintering bird surveys
- IWeBs surveys
- Vantage point surveys
- Targeted surveys of species of conservation concern (Hen Harrier, Curlew, Barn owl, Kingfisher, etc.)