Survey Force provides volunteers with the opportunity to learn new survey skills, meet new people and explore nature in some of the best scenery across Warwickshire.
No experience is necessary as training will be provided at all sessions, but please bring identification guides if you have them. If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer with Survey Force, please contact Alexis Evans, Reserves Volunteering Officer by email at firstname.lastname@example.org before attending.
Sessions run every other week on a Monday from April – September but are supplemented by further opportunities on other days across the Trust nature reserves. The Survey Force schedule for 2017 will be uploaded shortly.
All sessions will run from 10am – 4pm unless otherwise stated, meeting at Brandon Marsh.
Thanks to all our fantastic Survey Force volunteers in 2016. It would not have been possible without our enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers so we would like to say thank you for all your efforts.
This season's highlights include the great crested newt survey at Cock Robin Wood where we had a great turnout. We used an exciting new methodology for surveying called Environmental DNA (eDNA) which can detect great crested newt DNA in a water body as DNA can enter water during reproduction and from excreta and shedding of skin cells.
Usually surveying for great crested newts requires a license but this technique can be undertaken without a license as there is no disturbance to the newts or their habitat. Water was collected from the Cock Robin ponds and then sent off for testing for newt DNA and the results are due back soon.
The mammal bioblitz at Swift Valley was very successful with evidence found of water voles, water shrews, otters and hedgehogs. Invertebrate expert Richard Wright led our aquatic invertebrate survey at Ufton Fields and for terrestrial invertebrates at Wappenbury Wood. The important results from the day at Ufton Fields has fed into our pond restoration project at this reserve.
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If you are interested in coming along, please contact Alexis Evans on email@example.com or call 024 7630 2912.