Transect counts from low-flying aircraft allow to investigate the distribution of seabirds at sea on a large scale within a relatively short period of time. Therefore, this method nicely fits the monitoring of sites used by seabirds, both at the coast and offshore. Within MINOS and several smaller projects, Gavia EcoResearch has organized and conducted many aerial seabird surveys on behalf of the Research and Technology Centre West Coast.
Ship-based transect counts are suitable to answer questions concerning the distribution and habitat use of seabirds. Due to former work done for The Institute for Avian Research and Bioconsult SH, we are experienced in applying this method.
Furthermore, counts of birds staging in terrestrial habitats belong to our standard methods.