Surveying and monitoring

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Surveying and monitoring wildlife is important to help us manage our nature reserves in the best possible way for conservation. This will safeguard species and their habitats for future generations.

Surveying our reserves

In order to manage our reserves to their full potential, we need to have up-to-date information on the condition of the habitats present, the species present on site and population trends of important plants and animals.

We aim to achieve this through a systematic programme of surveys and monitoring in each of our reserves. Staff, volunteers and members of local record groups use standardised survey methods to collect useful and quantitative data.

We primarily aim to record species presence and absence data and assess the conditions of habitats. We also aim to record the locations of rare and protected species and monitor population trends to ensure that reserves are managed sympathetically. 

Submit a record

Have you seen a rare, unusual or invasive species in one of our reserves? If so, please submit your findings here.

How can I become a volunteer?

If you have any specialist skills and would like to volunteer as one of our reserve surveyors, please get in touch with our Senior Conservation Specialist at or call 024 7630 2912.

Join Survey Force

Join our Survey Force volunteer group and help survey our nature reserves. The group runs every other Monday from March to October.

See our Survey Force timetable