surveying

Surveying

Image: Zsuzsanna Bird

Surveying opportunities - get hands on!

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

Survey calender
Weag's Barn - flowers

Grassland surveys

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 (June to August). 
Skills you need: Good wildflower ID skills. Current availability: Volunteers always welcome. Sites will vary.Interested? Contact Jonathan Groom on j.groom@staffs-wildlife.org.uk or call 01889 880119 for
more information.

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

Teal - Radford Meadows

Wetland birds

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: at capacity with volunteers but please get in touch and we may be able to arrange something. Interested? Contact Jonathan Groom on j.groom@staffs-wildlife.org.uk or call 01889 880119 for
more information.

Surveying at Staffordshire Wildlife Trust

There are lots of surveying opportunities at Staffordshire Wildlife Trust

Image credit: Zsuzsanna Bird

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

Thorswood - Common Spotted Orchid

Botanical survays

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

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 Jonathan Groom on j.groom@staffs-wildlife.org.uk  

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