Key points of the Parish Wildlife approach

Green HairstareakEssential aspect of the scheme are:

  • Members record the wildlife they see in their own back garden or favourite patch of countryside
  • They receive quarterly wildlife recording diaries with checklists and identification hints about the species they are likely to see in their area
  • Diary records are collated for each parish and the quarterly information about what has been seen locally is shared with members
  • A co-ordinator for each parish gathers the information and acts as a local link
  • Regular workshops and field trips are held to help with identification and recording skills and to share opportunities for events such as bat and moth monitoring evenings
  • Members have the chance to join together for specialist training such as otter tracking, pond dipping or use of specialised equipment (moth traps, batSolitary Wasp Nest detectors, butterfly nets…)
  • Information is used to build up county and regional information about wildlife populations
  • Members can contribute to the library of photographs and the website.

Although currently limited to local groups in 5 parishes, as expertise and links develop, the Project can be expanded over a wider area and increase its value as a source of local environmental information. See Developing the scheme