Our new Data for Nature project is an initiative funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund which will help the Trust understand the wildlife and habitats on our nature reserves in more detail and help us respond to one of the key recommendations of the Sheffield State of Nature report – to address gaps in the city’s ecological data.
The project will work towards improving the Trust’s ecological monitoring and data collection over the next eighteen months, by creating and implementing a robust monitoring framework, increasing our capacity to collect data on our reserves and engaging with members, volunteers and the public to share the findings of our work and enthuse people to collect biological records of their own.
Through the project, new monitoring protocols will be designed for key species and habitats across Sheffield and Rotherham, including willow tit, harvest mouse and important bog habitats at Agden Bog and Blacka Moor nature reserves.
We are looking for enthusiastic local people to join a network of regular volunteers who will visit nature reserves and carry out activities such as bird surveys and habitat condition assessments, as well as volunteers to help with data input and analysis.
In-depth training in monitoring techniques, data management and analysis will be provided to help volunteers develop the ecological and surveying skills necessary for these voluntary roles.
If you are interested in volunteering with Data for Nature, please contact Julie Riley, Data for Nature Volunteering Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org