About Parish Wildlife

Background

The Parish-Wildlife approach was introduced by the Launceston Branch of Cornwall Wildlife Trust (CWT) to involve the local members in practical projects. It was developed in 2000-2001 with the help of a Millennium Award and has evolved with 5 local parishes in North Cornwall ( Altarnun, St Clether, Lezant, North Hill, North Petherwin ), where local people are learning how to recognise different kinds of wildlife and then record what they see in their own area.

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

Wildlife Diary

The Wildlife Diary is designed for members to keep a record of what they see in a fixed area that is visited regularly. This could be their garden, the lane or patch where they exercise the dog, walk to school, or take the family for relaxation, such as a local park or nature reserve. This way we can build up a picture of how things change over the years. If there is no suitable area to record in, the Parish Coordinator will be able to suggest a patch close by.

Recording Schemes - the background and methodology

There are 3 different sources of data collected within the Parish-Wildlife Scheme. The following sections explain the purpose of each and how the schemes work.

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