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Introduction Session - Wildlife Recorders of Tomorrow
Sat 19 November 2016, 10:30 – 12:30 GMT
I would like to invite you to a free Introduction session, this will give you the following:
summary of the project;
what involvement in the project may mean;
what you or your local community group can get involved in, what wildlife you can record and how;
How species surveillance or monitoring works and what one can do to monitor a site effectively for wildlife over time;
what support we can provide you with;
what events and workshops we will be putting on to help improve your knowledge; and skills
and of course plenty of opportunity to discuss as a group your particular needs or on a 1-1 basis.
Wildlife Recorders of Tomorrow - There’s a piece missing...we need your help to build up a picture of The Brecks’ wildlife!
The Brecks is an important area for wildlife both in a UK and international context. However, many of the species records come from a few well recorded designated sites, with recording often done on an ad hoc basis. This means that it is often difficult to detect changes in the biodiversity of the area. There is, therefore, a need for wider recording of the Brecks area and a structured programme of species surveillance and monitoring.
Whether you're a complete beginner or a seasoned surveyor, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved, with lots of support and training. You could simply tell us what you see whilst out walking, or get involved in a specific species survey.
Pop along to an introduction session to find out more about the project. There will also be a variety of species ID courses and photography workshops on offer (again dates soon). Individuals and local conservation or groups are invited to join in to help conserve the distinctive wildlife of The Brecks.
The project will operate at 3 levels:
Beginner: provide training and encouragement to those new to recording wildlife.
Species surveillance: help people take the next step into more serious recording of sites. This will allow a number of important sites in the Brecks to be monitored and will also help to ensure sustainable long-term monitoring of sites where work is taking place as part of other BNG projects. Data collected will feed into the Norfolk Species Surveillance Network.
River corridor survey – Little Ouse headwaters to Brandon: A survey of the Little Ouse river, from its headwaters at Redgrave and Lopham Fens to Brandon. This is the only major river in Norfolk which has not yet been fully surveyed for non-native species and this type of survey is well suited to volunteers.
All data collected will be entered online to an existing recording system developed by NBIS for the Norfolk Species Surveillance Network and will be made available for use via local records centres and the National Biodiversity Network (NBN) gateway.