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.