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Seabird Monitoring Programme

The Seabird Monitoring Programme Online Database provides data from monitoring co-ordinated by the Seabird Monitoring Programme (SMP). Data have been collected since 1986 from sites throughout the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, including the results of the National Censuses in 1985 and 2000. Parameters included abundance (whole colonies and plots) and breeding success, currently holding over 65 000 records. The database is hosted and co-ordinated by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) on behalf of the SMP Partnership.


  • Geographic location - UK and the Republic of Ireland
  • Species - All species

Description of research

The Seabird Monitoring programme collects and collates abundance and breeding success data collected at seabird colonies following standard methods outline in the Seabird Monitoring Handbook (Walsh et al 1995). Methods consist of whole colony counts, plot counts and productivity plots. The SMP database is managed by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee on behalf of the SMP partners: BirdWatch Ireland; The British Trust for Ornithology; Centre for Ecology & Hydrology; Countryside Council for Wales; Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (Isle of Man); Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government (Republic of Ireland); States of Guernsey Government; JNCC; Manx Birdlife; Manx National Heritage; The National Trust; National Trust for Scotland; Natural England; Northern Ireland Environment Agency; The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds; Scottish Natural Heritage; Seabird Group; Shetland Oil Terminal Environmental Advisory Group; Scottish Wildlife Trust.

Data type

  • Colony data
  • Monitoring data


Annabel Knipe
Joint Nature Conservation Committee
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Inverdee House, Baxter Street
AB11 9QA