Dartmoor bird nest research – fieldwork fundraising

A project by: Sara Zonneveld


WE RAISED £3,728

from 88 donors

This project received pledges on Sun 13 Mar 2016
Raising money to support the cost of ornithological fieldwork and equipment

In short

We are raising £6000 to fund our fieldwork for 2016, which will allow us to continue monitoring bird nests on Dartmoor. This will help us to continue studying the breeding requirements of declining bird species, and identify suitable measures for supporting their conservation.

Who are we?

We are the Dartmoor Upland Bird Nest Group, a small group of bird enthusiasts, ornithologists and scientists from the University of Exeter. We have been studying the breeding of ground-nesting birds for the past eight years. Each spring we find and monitor up to 300 bird nests on the upland moors of Dartmoor National Park. The main species we are interested in are the Meadow Pipit, Cuckoo, Stonechat and Whinchat. The data that we collect from monitoring nests and ringing nestling birds is shared with stakeholders, used by two PhD students in our group for research, and provided to the British Trust for Ornithology to contribute to the national data on breeding birds.

What are our aims?

Some of our study species are showing strong national declines, and understanding their breeding is essential to inform conservation. Through our fieldwork, we aim to provide detailed data for scientific study and conservation management. We study the timing of breeding, breeding success and breeding requirements of the birds. This will help us understand which breeding habitats need to be protected, and at which time of the year disturbance needs to be reduced to allow birds to breed successfully. In addition to the scientific studies, we also aim to bring together various stakeholders to communicate our findings and ensure action and long-term improvements in bird conservation.

Why are we fundraising?

Our fieldwork has been volunteer run over the past eight years, but we need to expand our project and collect more data to effectively address some of the key scientific questions for informing conservation.This increased fieldwork effort will not be possible based solely on a volunteer basis, and we have increased equipment and running expenses that need to be covered.

Where will the money go?

The money you pledge will fund our fieldwork for the 2016 season. The £6000 we hope to raise will be used to finance equipment (such as bird rings), running costs and expenses associated with delivering the programme, as well compensation for unpaid leave that our volunteers take each year to be able to complete the work. By contributing to this project, you will ensure the continuation of a valuable long-term ornithological research project that aims to study and protect declining upland moorland bird species.

Find Out more

You can find out more about who we are and what we do at: www.dartmoornests.org

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Help us increase our chances of success by sharing this project with anyone you think would support us – share the link to this page via email or social media.


Make sure you check out the rewards that we offer to thank you for your help! The rewards have been created by the fantastic artists and photographers from our group.

Every £1 makes a positive impact to our work, and we can assure you that 100% of your donation goes to funding our work.

1 year, 4 months ago

Counting down!

Another great milestone was reached this weekend: we made it to £3000, 50% of our final target!

Our crowdfunding campaign is almost finished, and there are only 5 days left to boost this amount as much as possible. 

Will you help make these final days a success by sharing our website to friends, family and colleagues?

Remember, every pound helps, and 100% of donations go to supporting our volunteer fieldwork.

Thanks for all your support so far!


1 year, 4 months ago

Minimum Reached!

Thank you all for helping us reaching £2000!
This is a huge achievement, it means that we have reached our minumum amount, and will receive all donations!

There is now less than 20 days left to reach our £6000 target, remember to keep spreading the word.


1 year, 5 months ago

Week 2 update: we have raised over £1500, which means we reached 25% of our fundraising target!

Crowdfunding depends on the power of the people; word of mouth is the key to reaching 100% of our target. This week, will you help me by asking just one friend, colleague or family member to donate and share our website? 

1 year, 5 months ago

Look at these amazing spiky Skylark nestlings! Skylarks build their nest on very open ground, but these unusual feathers keep the chicks camouflaged while in the nest.

Skylarks are one of the many species we monitor on our study site, and with a donation of just £1.00 you will have helped us ring these three lovely chicks!

1 year, 6 months ago

10% of target reached!

On this Blue Monday, we have made it to 10% of our funding target. Many thanks to everyone who has helped us achieve this by making a donation in the last 6 days!

Please keep spreading the word by sharing the link to this page via email or social media.


1 year, 6 months ago

The start of day 3, and we have passed the 5% milestone.
Thank you for all your support and donations in the first 48 hours of our campaign!

A special thank you to a generous anonymous sponsor who claimed the first of twenty available "pledge £100 or more" rewards!

1 year, 6 months ago

.....AND WE ARE OFF!!!

Thank you to ShellyDogra, john84 and Jelmer Samplonius for the first three donations!

Sara Zonneveld

generated 3818 clicks, donated £234.60, and caused 27 donations totalling £536.00

Mariska Dam

donated and caused 1 donation of £197.00

Simon Bates

generated 177 clicks and donated

marta s

generated 127 clicks and donated


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Justin Walker

generated 98 clicks and donated £15.00


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Steve Dudley

generated 87 clicks and donated £50.00


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Jayne Carpenter

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Adrian Colston

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Annette Teeling

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Alice Driesen

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Karen Wilson

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Jelmer Samplonius

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Brett Crane

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Ludovic Dutoit

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Sebastian Forbes

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Stephen Evans

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Lauren Laing


Tony Baker


Jonathan May


Flora Arias


21 anonymous donations totalling £922.19

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All the best Sara! Hope you reach your target! x

Good luck!

Good luck. I hope you can find improved ways of helping these wonderful birds.

It took over half an hour to get the donation to register - I nearly gave up. I did not notice that one could pay by Paypal although the after-donation text states that one can - I would have much preferred that.

I am a regular walker on western dartmoor and would be glad to contribute to this if you would like to contact me. I am pretty frequently in gods own country from about Peter Tavy up to Sourton and almost anywhere up the Tavy and Walkham valleys from Double Waters upwards

Birds bring joy to humanity

Good luck!

Good luck reaching your target!

Have a great season - let there be many mippets and cuckoos....

Succes Saar!

Good luck with the Crowdfunding. Happy to help. Edward J.

Good luck Sara!!