Recording wildflowers on a County Wildlife Site (photo by Matthew Roberts) 1/4
Learning together (photo by Matthew Roberts) 2/4
Learning wildflower identification with a mentor 3/4
Churchyard wildflower recording 4/4

County Wildlife Action

Calling all Wildlife Enthusiasts

Do you like wildlife? Would you be interested in learning more about wildflowers or how to record different wildlife habitats? Could you spare a day or two during the spring and summer of 2016 to help Norfolk Wildlife Trust with an exciting new wildlife project? This spring NWT launched a new project funded by the National Lottery called Norfolk County Wildlife Action which aims to encourage people to record the wildlife they see in churchyards and on County Wildlife Sites.
Norfolk County Wildlife Action will work with local communities encouraging more people to get involved in wildlife recording and surveying sites across Norfolk. This project has given Norfolk Wildlife Trust the opportunity to re-survey 70 County Wildlife Sites and 30 churchyards in a two year period. We will be carrying out wildflower surveys and creating habitat maps for each site, with the help of trained local volunteers.
Throughout the next two years there will also be lots of opportunity to discover the wildlife found in churchyards and on County Wildlife Sites. We will be organising guided walks, bioblitz events, talks, family days, workshops and much more. This project is a fantastic opportunity for people to develop skills in wildlife recording, learn more about the wildlife associated with churchyards and some of Norfolk’s County Wildlife Sites and to make a real difference to wildlife conservation through helping to survey and monitor these important wildlife sites.


 

Whether you are a beginner to wildflower recording or an expert there is a role for you in this project. To find out more about volunteering opportunities click on the tabs below.

What is a Community Wildlife Surveyor?
 
As part of Norfolk County Wildlife Action volunteers will be trained and supported by NWT to carry out plant surveys and create a habitat map for specific County Wildlife Sites (CWS) or churchyards.
 
What will I actually be doing?
 
Initially you will be asked to attend a 3-hour workshop with the project officers to learn about the project and how to carry out the plant and habitat surveys (you will have 6 dates to pick from, so hopefully you will find one that suits you). Then if you decide you want to be a community surveyor you will pick the site you would like to be connected to. Once the location has been picked a date will be booked for you to meet a NWT member of staff or mentor to carry out an initial plant survey on your site.
 
After the initial plant survey we would like you to revisit the site on your own or with another volunteer over the summer to identify any plants or other wildlife that may have been missed on the first visit. At the end of the summer we will ask you to send the completed survey forms to your NWT project officer.
 
Is this right for me?
 
We are looking for people with an enthusiasm for wildlife conservation in Norfolk. You don’t need to be an expert, but an interest in wildlife and a basic knowledge of wildflowers would be beneficial. Most important is your interest in learning how to carry out a plant and a habitat survey and to improve your skills in wildflower identification.
 
You will be able to choose which of the 50 sites you would like to be connected to but please be aware you will need to be able to travel to your chosen site.
Where will I be volunteering?
 
This is a two-year project, starting in 2016, which looks to survey 70 County Wildlife Sites and 30 churchyards in total. We would like you to pick one site to survey – the map on this webpage shows the first 50 sites we will be surveying this year. If you enjoy it and want to take on more sites we would be happy to discuss this with you later on.
 
How much time will I have to give?
 
The minimum commitment is to visit your site at least one more time after the initial first survey between May and August, but ideally we would like you to make monthly visits to your chosen site during the spring and summer.
 
Will I get any training?
 
Through the project free training workshops will be provided to help volunteers improve their plant identification skills and habitat management knowledge (attendance optional). There will also be opportunity to learn identification skills on site with NWT staff and mentors.
 
What support will I get?
 
Norfolk Wildlife Trust will be on hand to help you with wildlife identification skills, both on a one to one basis and through our Wildlife Information Service. Through the project we will also be able to cover any travel expenses you incur and give you the opportunity to take part in a tailor-made training programme to help you improve your plant identification skills.
 
What’s the next step?
 
Drop Gemma Walker (Project Officer) an email (gemmaw@norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk) or give her a ring on 01603 625540 and she will be in touch to arrange for you to attend a 3-hour introduction session during April or early May.
What is a roving volunteer surveyor?
 
Norfolk Wildlife Trust has a number of volunteers who help the Conservation Team to carry out surveys on churchyards registered under the Churchyard Conservation Scheme and County Wildlife Sites (CWS). As part of Norfolk County Wildlife Action project we will be looking to increase the number of roving volunteers to help us survey county wildlife sites and churchyards where we do not have any community surveyors.
 
What will I actually be doing?
 
Initially you will be asked to pop into NWT’s head office in Norwich to meet with a project officer to learn about the project and how to complete our tailor made survey forms. Then if you decide you want to be a roving surveyor we will arrange a date to meet you on a site and carry out the first survey with you. Once you are familiar with the surveys we will then ask you select up to five CWS and churchyard sites to survey between May and August.
 
Is this right for me?
 
For this role we are looking for people with strong botanical identification skills, who feel confident to carry out a survey on their own.
 
Where will I be volunteering?
 
This is a two-year project, starting in 2016, which looks to survey 70 County Wildlife Sites and 30 churchyards in total. We would like you to pick between 2 and 5 sites to survey – the map on this webpage shows the first 50 sites we will be surveying this year. If you enjoy it and want to take on more sites we would be happy to discuss this with you later on.
 
How much time will I have to give?
 
We would like you to be available at least twice a month between May and August to carry out surveys.
 
Will I get any training?
 
Through the project free training workshops will be provided to help volunteers improve their plant identification skills and habitat management knowledge (attendance optional). There will also be opportunity to learn identification skills on site with NWT staff and mentors.
 
What support will I get?
 
NWT will be on hand to help you with wildlife identification skills, both on a one to one basis and through our Wildlife Information Service. Through the project we will also be able to cover any travel expenses you incur and give you the opportunity to take part in a tailor-made training programme to help you improve your plant identification skills.
 
What’s the next step?
 
Drop Gemma Walker (Project Officer) an email (gemmaw@norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk) or give her a ring on 01603 625540. Gemma will be in touch to arrange for you to pop into Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s head office for an informal meeting about the Norfolk Wildlife Trust volunteer role.
 
What is the mentor role?
 
Norfolk County Wildlife Action is looking to involve approximately 60 community volunteers in the surveying of County Wildlife Sites (CWS) and churchyards, some of who will have limited experience in identifying flora and completing surveys. We are looking for mentors to help community wildlife surveyors develop plant identification skills and knowledge.
 
What will I actually be doing?
 
With 100 County Wildlife Sites and churchyards to be surveyed over two years we hope that there is a site close to you that you could adopt and support the community wildlife survey volunteers in developing their plant identification skills.
 
Is this right for me?
 
We are looking for experienced botanists who have a passion for Norfolk’s wildflowers and who would enjoy sharing their knowledge with a small group (2-4 people) of novice plant recorders.
 
Where will I be volunteering?
 
This is a two-year project, starting in 2016, which looks to survey 70 County Wildlife Sites and 30 churchyards in total. We would like you to pick one site – the map on this webpage shows the first 50 sites we will be surveying this year. If you enjoy it and want to take on more sites this would be most welcome.
 
How much time will I have to give?
 
If you could commit to a single morning or afternoon to support a small group of people it would be greatly appreciated, or ideally you would be able to support a group on a local site three or four times from April through to the end of August.
 
What support will I get?
 
Norfolk Wildlife Trust will be on hand to help match mentors with sites and is happy to assist with any communication with the community surveyors regarding onsite visits. The project will also be able to cover travel expenses.
 
What’s the next step?
 
Drop Gemma Walker (Project Officer) an email (gemmaw@norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk) and she will be in touch to discuss the mentor role. Or you can give her a call on 01603 625540.
 

Downloads

   Community-Wildlife-Surveyor Download   
   Roving-Volunteer-Surveyor Download   
   Mentor Download   
   Map-Showing-First-Year-s-Surveying-Sites Download   
   Handout-4-Useful-Resources Download   
   Handout-5-Getting-to-Grips-with-Flower-Parts Download   
   Handout-6-Habitat-Indicator-Species Download   
   Handout-7-County-Wildlife-Site-Species-Recording-Form Download   
   Handout-8-Churchyard-Species-Recording-Form Download   
   Handout-9-Using-DAFOR Download   
   Handout-10-How-to-Read-a-Grid-Reference Download   
   Handout-11-Identifying-Plant-Families Download   
   Handout-12-How-to-ID-an-unknown-plant Download   
   Handout-13-Useful-Resources Download   
   Handout-14-Habitat-Definitions-and-Codes-for-Mapping Download   
   Handout-15-CWS-Survey-Form-Crib-Sheet Download   
   Handout-16-CWS-Survey-Form-(Blank) Download   
   Handout-17-Invasive-Species-Fact-Sheet Download   
   Handout-18-How-to-Survey-a-County-Wildlife-Site-or-Churchyard Download   
   Handout-19-H-S-Advice-for-Community-Surveyors Download   
   Handout-20-Advice-for-Contact-with-Flora-and-Fauna Download   
   Handout-21-Churchyard-Survey-Form-(Habiat) Download   
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