Who we are

'To protect and enhance the wildlife and wild places of Staffordshire and to promote understanding, enjoyment and involvement in the natural world.'

Staffordshire Wildlife Trust has been working to protect the wildlife and wild places where you live for over 40 years.

Founded in 1969, Staffordshire Wildlife Trust is the county's leading nature conservation charity. We have around 60 members of staff, who are guided by a board of trustees.

- We manage 27 nature reserves around the county totalling almost 3,500 acres

- We carry out conservation projects to create and restore habitats for wildife, to ensure that the county's wild creatures have secure places where they can feed, shelter and breed

- We run events to encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to discover, enjoy and care about the natural world

Nature Reserve Survey Teams

Rod Wood (c) Lucy O'Toole

Spanning the length and breadth of the county, our Survey Teams are vital to us better monitor our reserve management and work with people.

Whilst out Survey Teams focus solely on our reserve management and work with people, staff and volunteers in the Trust's Living Landscapes department work with other landowners to enhance the wider landscape. Find out more how we're turning Staffordshire into a Living Landscape here
Click here to see a timetable of some of the surveys that the Trust carry out on our reserves.
Note that not all surveys will be take place every year or require additional volunteers.

Grassland Survey Team

 What's involved?: Surveying grasslands on Trust reserves to assess condition. All equipment provided. Survey dates advertised to volunteers each summer. 

Time commitment: Each site will require one to two full days of survey. This will take place during late summer (July to August). 

Skills you need: Good wildflower ID skills. 

Current availability: Volunteers always welcome.

Interested? Contact Jonathan Groom on j.groom@staffs-wildlife.org.uk or call 01889 880119 for more information.

Breeding Bird Survey Team

 What's involved?: Surveying different reserves for a variety of breeding birds.

Time commitment: Volunteers work independently completing at least three early morning surveys in spring (April to June).

Skills you need: Good bird ID skills. Particularly essential to have a good knowledge of bird songs and calls.

Current availability: Volunteers needed as of 2018 for Bateswood, Loynton Moss, Jackson's Marsh and Coppice, Castern Wood, Rod Wood, Thorswood and Weag's Barn.

Interested? Contact Jonathan Groom on j.groom@staffs-wildlife.org.uk or call 01889 880119 for more information.

Roaches Bird Survey Team

 What's involved?: Surveying open moorland for breeding birds.

Time commitment: Volunteers work independently completing four dawn surveys in spring (April to June).

Skills you need: Good moorland bird ID skills by sight and song.

Current availability: Currently at capacity with volunteers but sightings or reports are always welcome.

Interested? Contact Jonathan Groom on j.groom@staffs-wildlife.org.uk or call 01889 880119 for more information.
 

Wetland Bird Survey Team

 What's involved?: Surveying wetlands for breeding and wintering birds.

Time commitment: Volunteers work in groups completing three dawn surveys in spring (April to June) and monthly winter surveys (September to February). 

Skills you need: Good wetland bird ID skills by sight and song, especially ducks, waders and warblers.

Current availability: Currently at capacity with volunteers but sightings or reports are always welcome.

Interested? Contact Jonathan Groom on j.groom@staffs-wildlife.org.uk or call 01889 880119 for more information.

Butterfly and Dragonflies Survey Team

 What's involved?: Surveying key reserves for butterflies and/or dragonflies by walking a set route and counting numbers of different species. 

Time commitment: Ideally, at least one visit should be made per month between April and August. 

Skills you need: Good butterfly and/or dragonfly ID skills.

Current availability: Currently we have no active surveyors, so we would welcome anybody wishing to help with this. Top priority reserves for survey include Bateswood, Brown End Quarry and Thorswood. We would be interested in anyone wishing to survey other sites.

Interested? Contact Jonathan Groom on j.groom@staffs-wildlife.org.uk or call 01889 880119 for more information.

Visitors & Events Survey Team

 What's involved?: Talking to visitors on reserves and at events to find out what they think about their visit mainly during spring and summer, including weekends. All equipment and training provided. DBS check required.

Current availability: Surveys always ongoing, but more frequent in Spring/Summer months.  Please contact for more details.

Interested? Contact info@staffs-wildlife.org.uk or call 01889 880100 for more information.