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Surveying and research

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Surveying & researching - get hands on!

Spanning the length and breadth of the county, our Survey and Research Teams are vital to us being able to better monitor our conservation management and the work we do with people.

COVID 19 UPDATE Some of our surveying and research volunteering opportunities are up and running again 

You can contact the Trust regarding volunteering opportunities by contacting Louise at volunteers@staffs-wildlife.org.uk or call 01889 880100 unless stated otherwise on listings. 

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
Look below 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.

Breeding birds survay

Breeding birds

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). There is also the need for more specialist monitoring/surveys for scarcer species of high conservation value including Willow tit, Wood warbler, breeding waders etc
– this work will be more tailored towards the individual species requirements and ideally would
require a significant time commitment (though this time is likely to be more flexible). Skills you need: Good bird ID skills. Particularly essential to have a good knowledge of bird songs and calls. For individual species monitoring– a certain amount of training can be provided. Good
navigations skills are necessary for plotting records on maps. Current availability: There are currently volunteers assigned at many of the reserves but more eyes and ears are always good so additional surveyors are welcome for almost any reserve.Interested? Contact the Trust at  volunteers@staffs-wildlife.org.uk or call 01889 880100 for more information.

The Roaches

Image by kevin Palmer 

Roaches bird surveying

What's involved?: Surveying open moorland for breeding birds. Time commitment: Volunteers work independently completing four dawn surveys in spring (April to June). There is also the need for more specialist monitoring/surveys for scarcer species of high conservation value including Wood warbler, Cuckoo, breeding waders etc Skills you need: Good moorland bird ID skills by sight and song. Good navigational skills. Current availability: Volunteers are always welcome. Interested? Contact the Trust at volunteers@staffs-wildlife.org.uk or call 01889 880100 for more information.

Surveying

Credit: Kirsten Smith

TTTV Volunteer Wildlife Recorder

The Transforming the Trent Valley (TTTV) landscape partnership is a National Lottery Heritage Fund supported project, with Staffordshire Wildlife Trust as the lead partner, and 18 other partner organisations working together to create “wildlife-rich waterways and wetlands at the heart of a resilient, accessible, beautiful and culturally rich landscape." 

We are looking for Volunteer Wildlife Recorder be part of a survey and recording team responsible for increasing the number and quality of our biological records within the TTTV scheme area. Find out more in the Role description below. Interested? Contact the Trust at volunteers@staffs-wildlife.org.uk or call 01889 880100 for more information.

TTTV Volunteer Wildlife Recorder

Surveying at Staffordshire Wildlife Trust

There are lots of surveying opportunities at Staffordshire Wildlife Trust

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Side Meadow Farm - Large Skipper

Butterfly and dragonflies

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 the Trust at  volunteers@staffs-wildlife.org.uk or call 01889 880100 for more information.

Thorswood - Common Spotted Orchid

Botanical surveys

What's involved?: Surveying reserves for plants with a focus on scarce species and those which
are indicator species. Time commitment: This will vary depending on the number of target species and the habitat, but it should generally be between April and August. The amount of time required will be very flexible and can be easily tailored to suit most people. Skills you need: Good botanical skills. Skills at identifying more difficult groups such as sedges and bryophytes would be especially welcomed. This may also suit intermediate botanists seeking to improve their skills. Good navigations skills are necessary for plotting records on maps. Current availability: Lots of opportunities and many different reserves. Interested? Contact the Trust at  volunteers@staffs-wildlife.org.uk or call 01889 880100 for more information.

Transforming the Trent Valley Partnership

Transforming the Trent Valley – Volunteer History Ranger

If you like history and the great outdoors this could be the role for you. We care passionately about heritage and are working to check the condition of over a hundred historic places, performing surveys and carrying out works to protect them. From prehistoric settlements to Second World War pillboxes, heritage sites need our help.  Please see
https://www.staffs-wildlife.org.uk/TTTV for more information on the TTTV project or view the volunteer role description below .

 Interested? Contact the Trust at  volunteers@staffs-wildlife.org.uk or call 01889 880100 for more information.

History Ranger role

Pill box

Steve Cheshire 

Military Heritage Researcher

In 1940 invasion threatened the land. If they arrived, generals expected Nazi forces to sweep deep into Britain. In an effort to slow blitzkrieg, a network of pillboxes was built along the Staffordshire border. We know this much, but we want to know more. Unravel the mystery of Stop Line Number 5 through research into its design, construction and use. Transforming the Trent Valley needs YOU!

Interested: Contact the Trust at  volunteers@staffs-wildlife.org.uk or call 01889 880100 for more information or read the role description below 

Military Heritage Researcher

earth

Google Earth Volunteer

The Trent Valley has been a centre of commerce since prehistoric people first learned to live off its land. Through Roman settlement, Anglo-Saxon and Viking wars, industrial revolution and through to the modern age, humans have left clues about their lives. Help us to create interactive maps on Google Earth, helping our volunteers to find these places and helping the public to understand them. 

Interested: Contact the Trust at  volunteers@staffs-wildlife.org.uk or call 01889 880100 for more information or read the role description below 

Google Earth Volunteer role

OTHER SURVEYS
There are a number of other species groups including fungi, mammals and all manner of invertebrates that live on our reserves. Many are difficult to formally monitor and most only have sporadic records. If you have a particular specialism and collect records for these little known species groups or if you have an idea for a study or survey you wish to carry out on a reserve, then please get in touch. We’d love to hear from you. Contact the Trust at  volunteers@staffs-wildlife.org.uk or call 01889 880100 for more information.

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