Tuesday 10 June 2014
How are plants and animals doing on a site? Is the site being effectively managed to improve conditions for wildlife? These questions may well crop up amongst those who are interested in or who care for natural sites in the Chilterns. To help them answer these questions and more the Chilterns Conservation Board has published a free comprehensive handbook on how to survey wildlife.
The handbook has been produced as part of the Board’s Commons Project which is running until 2015 with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The publication covers all types of wildlife and habitats, not just commons, and is also of great use to amateurs and professionals well beyond the Chilterns area.
There is a lot of useful information on survey techniques and creating wildlife records. The handbook also contains detailed guidance on how to observe and record many different species, from plants to birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, invertebrates, fungi and lichens. It signposts a lot of useful websites which provide in-depth information on surveying particular plants or animals, either locally or as part of a national scheme.
Written in an easy, flowing style, the handbook is a mine of valuable tips and clear, common-sense guidance.
The 30 page Surveying Wildlife in the Chilterns handbook is available to download free of charge: download it here.
It was written by Martin Harvey, who is an expert in entomology and biological data management and used to run the Bucks and Milton Keynes Environmental Records Centre.