To help with the management of the reserves, we carry out annual surveys of butterflies and of breeding birds. This allows us to monitor trends and gives us data to consider when we review our management plan and decide on work to be carried out during the monthly work parties or as specific projects. Ideally over time the surveys will help us to increase biodiversity on the reserves by guiding us in tailoring our management plan to suit the species we know are present.
Currently we only collect data on birds and butterflies, but during 2012, we intend to start collecting information pertaining to: Dragonflies and Damselflies, Pond-life collected during the regular pond-dipping sessions, plus surveys of wildflowers growing around the reserve. In due course this additional information will appear as separate pages under the main 'Surveys' menu.
If you would like to help with any of these surveys of have any specific technical or wildlife-related knowledge that might be of assistance, please contact either John Madden or Ray Baker