Enjoy the wonders of nature, while helping it at the same time (photo by Matthew Roberts) 1/3
Get walking and enjoy our wonderful wildlife (photo by Matthew Roberts) 2/3
Records will be used by NWT to study our Living Landscape schemes (photo by Matthew Roberts) 3/3

WildWalks - a new way to record wildlife

Take a WildWalk around your local landscape and enjoy the wonders of nature, while helping it at the same time. Note the species and habitats you see and join Norfolk Wildlife Trust in monitoring local wildlife as part of our Living Landscape initiative.

WildWalks is a new website which helps people to record their local wildlife. It has been developed by The Wildlife Trusts, in partnership with the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO).

How to get involved

Step 1: Register with WildWalks at www.wild-walks.org

Step 2: Plan your own WildWalk – follow our easy-to-use guide - or take part in one of our pre-planned walks.

Step 3: Take note of the plants and animals you see during your WildWalk

Step 4: Upload your sightings to www.wild-walks.org

Step 5: Plan a new walk, or repeat your walk, and create some new wildlife recordings

Get walking and enjoy our wonderful wildlife

Using a simple online mapping tool, WildWalks helps you to create walks across local areas where Norfolk Wildlife Trust is undertaking landscape-scale conservation.

Record sightings of plants and animals along your WildWalk and help us build up a picture of how our work to restore nature is affecting local wildlife. If you repeat the walk, and keep noting what you see, you will help us to track how wildlife changes and responds to conservation management over time. This is incredibly important for us to know whether we are achieving our long-term vision for Living Landscapes.

You don’t need to have recorded wildlife before

It doesn’t matter if you’ve never recorded any wildlife before, or if you are a seasoned expert. WildWalks is designed to allow recorders of all abilities to monitor the plants and animals which you feel comfortable with. From wild daffodils to lesser spotted woodpeckers, roe deer to great green bush-crickets, it’s all useful information for conservation purposes. In fact, the wider the range of species we can monitor, the better for assessing the impact of our conservation work.

When you’re out and about, keep your eyes peeled for wildlife. You may want to take a field guide with you, or simply take a photo of what you see to look up later – whatever your method, the records will be useful. You can use our Species Explorer to help you identify the plants and animals you see.

What we will do with your sightings

WildWalks aims to develop our understanding of the impact of our landscape-scale conservation work. It has been put together to help the public get involved in our monitoring work.

Records will be used by local Wildlife Trusts to study the impacts of their Living Landscape schemes. This information will then feed back into the plans and management decisions they make regarding their projects and nature reserves. Ultimately, it will help us to manage our species, habitats and landscapes in a better way.

Local Biological Records Centre will help us to verify sightings. Some records may be submitted to the National Biodiversity Network to support recording on a national scale.

To help you get the most out of WildWalks we have created the following video guides as well as a downloadable step by step guide for you to use. You can also find some useful information in our Frequently Asked Questions below.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Living Landscape?

Living Landscapes is a new way of thinking big about how we manage the land for wildlife, people and the economy. A Living Landscape is an area of land where The Wildlife Trusts are working with partners, landowners and local communities over a landscape-scale. By working together The Wildlife Trusts aim to connect isolated pockets of nature to form a network and help wildlife to recover and thrive across the UK.

Where can I carry out a WildWalk?

The focus of WildWalks is to assess the impacts of our landscape-scale conservation work. As a result, recording of WildWalks has been restricted to areas within The Wildlife Trust’s Living Landscape project areas and selected Nature Reserves. Over time, we shall be adding more recording sites onto the system.

Do I need to register to take a WildWalk?

No, you do not need to be a registered user to take a WildWalk. However, to enter data recorded on your walk and/or to create your own WildWalk you have to be registered user. Registering is free and can be achieved by visiting www.wild-walks.org.uk.

Why isn’t there a WildWalk within my local area?

While many local Wildlife Trusts have created WildWalks within their Living Landscapes, not all recording sites currently include a pre-planned WildWalk. We will be adding more WildWalks over the up and coming months.

Why won’t it let me submit a WildWalk that I have created?

In order to submit a WildWalk that you have created, an area of your walk must be (at least partially) within a Living landscape boundary. Please check that your walk meets this criterion before submitting.

What species can I record?

WildWalks is designed to allow multi-taxi recording. This means that all plants, fungi, insects, birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians seen on your walk can be recorded.

Is there a WildWalks app?

WildWalks is built on an online platform and so, although it is not optimised for mobile devices, it can still be used via mobile providing that you are able to connect to the internet. An app is under consideration once the pilot phase has been completed.