Compliance with CIEEM 

Principles of Preparing Good Guidance

The UK Bird Survey Guidance adheres to the nine principles set by the CIEEM Principle of Preparing Good Guidance. 

Principle I: The need and scope of new guidance is clearly identified by a range of stakeholders

The need and scope of these guidelines is clearly set out in the Rationale and were produced under the guidance of the Bird Survey & Assessment Steering Group, involving a range of stakeholders.

Principle II: Guidance should be clear on its purpose in order to aid interpretation by competent practioners

These guidelines are intended to set out the standards (i.e. good practice) that bird surveyors should apply when exercising their professional judgement, and assume surveyors are competent to identify all the birds that are likely to occur on a site. They also cover a range of methods, and are intended to be updated regularly, in order to include additional survey methods, emerging survey techniques and to incorporate new research findings.

Principle III: Guidance should be clear about the intended outcomes and how to achieve them

The UK Bird Survey Guidelines are intended to provide guidelines for bird surveyors, empowering them to determine the appropriate survey methods to employ for their project, and enabling them to sufficiently justify their decisions when exercising their professional judgement.

Principle IV: All guidance written specifically for use by professionals should be clear that there is a requirement for ecologists and environmental managers to use their professional judgment

The UK Bird Survey Guidelines have been written by a range of experienced ornithologists from a range of ecological consultancies, statutory nature conservation bodies, non-governmental organisations and CIEEM. (Authorship and Acknowledgements page).

As set out in the Rationale page, it is intended that these guidelines will provide an approach that can be consistently implemented across the ecological consultancy industry, and it is therefore, applicable to the collection of ornithological data in terrestrial, freshwater and marine habitats. However, it is recognised that some deviations may be required for highly specialised applications (e.g. where likely significant effects are anticipated in respect of Special Protection Areas or Ramsar sites, requiring additional or bespoke surveys) and as such the guidelines are designed to encompass some degree of flexibility to site and species-specific survey planning. It is therefore recommended that these guidelines are treated as a baseline protocol and any required variations are appropriately justified.

Principle V: Good guidance is based on good evidence

The UK Bird Survey Guidelines have been created, using existing survey methods and research findings, and under consultation with the British Trust for Ornithology, a world leader in bird monitoring methods. The survey methods are intended to be updated to incorporate emerging new survey techniques and evidence.

Principle VI: Good guidance is clearly written, consistent, and unambiguous

The UK Bird Survey Guidelines have been set out to be as clear and unambiguous as possible. We welcome constructive feedback (via the contact form below) where additional clarity is required.

Principle VII: All guidance written specifically for use by professionals should involve stakeholders and users and commit to a transparent consultation and review process

The UK Bird Survey Guidelines have been written by a range of experienced ornithologists from a range of ecological consultancies, statutory nature conservation bodies, non-governmental organisations and CIEEM. (Authorship and Acknowledgements and feedback via the contact form below).

Principle VIII: Guidance should be written and edited by those with authority in the topic

The UK Bird Survey Guidelines have been written by a range of experienced ornithologists from a range of ecological consultancies, statutory nature conservation bodies, non-governmental organisations and CIEEM. (Authorship and Acknowledgements).

Principle IX: Consider the geographical context of new guidance

The UK Bird Survey Guidelines are intended to provide habitat-appropriate survey method guidance for the whole of the UK (and reference other survey methods where appropriate). However, the principles may also be applicable in other geographic contexts, when interpreted by an experienced ornithological surveyor competent to operate in them.