Projects: Yellowhammer Dialects

WSRS is delighted to support this bioacoustics project which is being led by Charles University in Prague. Any support you can offer to the project would be much appreciated.

A new citizen-science project called Yellowhammer Dialects seeks volunteers to record Yellowhammers (Emberiza citrinella) in the Great Britain and New Zealand, to study the geographic distribution of its dialects in the original range and invaded territory.

This bird is easy to recognize and recording of its song is possible without any sophisticated equipment, so it is very suitable for bioacoustic projects involving volunteers. A successful project of this kind has been carried out since 2011 in the Czech Republic, and the present project is its expansion abroad, to study song evolution during biological invasion.

Detailed information, and all instructions for recording and online submission of recordings are provided on the project website

A brief leaflet for download, suitable for notice boards etc. is available here:

Blackbird, Turdus merula


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