Citizen Science Surveys
If you fancy regularly practising your wildlife recording skills, you can get involved in citizen science surveys and wildlife recording projects run by conservation organisations. From bumblebees to bats, ten minutes to a month, there are a variety of surveys on offer. Have a look at the conservation organisations and projects below to choose a survey that suits you.
Surveys From Home
Check out the links below for some surveys that you can participate in at home.
At the moment, many of the surveys below are suspended, but you can still check out what they're all about.
Bat Conservation Trust
The Bat Conservation Trust runs the National Bat Monitoring Programme in which there are several surveys to choose from. New to bats? No worries. The National Bat Monitoring Programme has surveys suitable for beginners, and the Bat Conservation Trust hosts events and training for you to improve your skills. Click below to find out more about the National Bat Monitoring Programme and slide along to check out the Sunset/Sunrise, Waterway and Field Surveys.
British Trust for Ornithology (BTO)
The British Trust for Ornithology runs various projects, from watching garden birds to counting species in your local wetland. If you're new to birdwatching, or are a seasoned expert, there's a project you can take part it. If you want to develop your bird watching and listening skills, the BTO runs training courses and you can find helpful resources on their website. Click the links below to find out more about some of their projects.
Bumblebee Conservation Trust
The Bumblebee Conservation Trust runs the BeeWalk from March to October each year. The survey involves counting bumblebee species along a selected route once a month. If you're not comfortable with bumblebee identification, the Bumblebee Conservation Trust website provides information about bumblebees and hosts events to help you with identification skills.
Butterfly Conservation has a whole host of surveys that you can participate in, including butterfly and moth surveys. Check out the Helping Hands for Butterflies Project to take part in an online butterfly identification course. Visit the Butterfly Conservation website for information about butterflies, information about moths, and events.
Open Air Laboratories (OPAL)
Open Air Laboratories (OPAL) runs a variety of citizen science surveys and has lots of downloadable resources to help you with species identification and survey techniques. Click the links below to find out more.
UK Pollinator Monitoring Scheme (PoMS)
The UK Pollinator Monitoring Scheme runs the FIT (Flower-Insect-Timed) Count survey which only takes 10 mintues to complete. If you want to spend more time looking for pollinators, you can sign up to take part in the 1km Square Surveys. Click the link below for more information on how to take part.
The Mammal Society
The Mammal Society runs a variety of projects that citizen scientists can get involved in. As well as information and resources, The Mammals Society host training courses and events. Keep and eye out for National Mammal Week to take part in mammal-based activities and competitions.