Tracking the Impact – Volunteers needed

Passionate about the wildlife of the Chilterns? Want to carry out bird, butterfly or plant surveys in new and unexplored areas? Want to improve your ID and survey skills?

Tracking the Impact might be of interest...

The Chilterns Conservation Board has teamed up with Butterfly Conservation, British Trust for Ornithology, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and Plantlife to deliver and exciting new landscape-scale wildlife surveying programme across the Central (Buckinghamshire) Chilterns area.

New surveying opportunities will be on offer not only for experienced surveyors but also the next generation through a species ID and survey training package.

Working across 50 1km squares, the project will dovetail with existing national recording schemes (Breeding Bird Survey, Wider Countryside Butterfly Survey and National Monitoring Scheme) to bolster coverage in a ground-breaking partnership.

The project will offer opportunities to explore new sites in the area and the data will be used to track  trends across the landscape and inform practical woodland, grassland and farmland management projects.

If your interest in in bird, butterflies and/or plants, there are exciting new opportunities to:

  • take on new survey squares and get involved in national recording schemes
  • receive training in species ID and survey techiniques

There are also volunteer opportunities to carry out surveys during the spring and summer:

  • experienced surveyor and keen to take on a new patch
  • have some species ID experience but would like some training to help you develop
  • are new to surveying and want some training on specific survey methods

By getting involved you will both be making a big difference to you local wildlife in the Chilterns and be contributing to national recording schemes. There will also be a chance to meet with other surveyors and to get feedback on the project at regular workshop and events.

If you are interested in getting involved, want to find out more or want to sign up please contact:

Nick Marriner (Landowner Engagement Officer), 07785 527108,


Posted: January 18, 2021