Opportunities to get involved in wildlife surveys in and around the Chilterns

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Through its Tracking the Impact project the Chilterns Conservation Board is looking for volunteers to take part in formal bird, butterfly and plant (and other wildlife) surveys in the Buckinghamshire Chilterns.

CCB is working closely with the British Trust for Ornithology, Butterfly Conservation, Plantlife, BBOWT and the Bucks & Milton Keynes Environmental Records Centre to set up a long-term survey project covering 50 1km squares to track trends of Chilterns wildlife.

There are a wide range of opportunities to get involved regardless of your levels of experience or the time you have available.

2022 will be the 2nd full year of running the project and got off to a great start last year. To see what volunteers got up to watch the online end of year celebration event from last December that has lots of great speakers and other volunteers sharing their experiences:

Tracking the Impact 2021 Programme Review - December 2021 - YouTube

Training is available and support is on hand to help with survey methods, setting squares up and with data entry.

There are many 1km squares in the Tracking the Impact project area as well as opportunities to carry out surveys on Nature Reserves and farmland too. CCB are also working with partners to share other surveying opportunities in the wider Buckinghamshire area so if the Chilterns isn’t for you then don’t worry there are plenty of other opportunities.

The project also runs a programme of species ID training to help you brush up on your ID skills. These are ideal if you have an interest but feel you need some help in developing your skills.

To find out more about what is involved, which squares are free, what the species ID training involves and/or to sign up please contact:

Nick Marriner (nmarriner@chilternsaonb.org)

or fill in the simple a registration form (Form (hsforms.com))

Posted: February 16, 2022