Essex Wildlife Trust holds a number of diaries from Anthony Hurrell, who kept detailed records of the birds that he ringed at his Essex home for decades. These records, dating back to the 1950's, are an important historic record of the species present in his locality during that time. Complete datasets such as this are very rare and make an important contribution to our understanding of the changes that have taken place in our bird populations during and after the post war agricultural intensification that took place across the country.
The majority of this data is currently still in its original paper format. We are looking for volunteers to help digitise this dataset and to analyse the data in relation to the national trends that have been observed in bird populations over the same timescale. Volunteers for this project must be able to travel to Abbotts Hall Farm to access the dataset, although travel expenses can be provided.
Please contact us if you are interested in working on this project.