We are delighted to announce the launch of a new project, ‘More Data for Nature’, aimed at understanding biodiversity trends across a landscape scale, addressing one of the key recommendations of the Sheffield State of Nature report: to close gaps in the city’s ecological data.
Following on from the successful ‘Data for Nature’ project, which focused on developing a robust monitoring scheme for the Trust’s nature reserves, this new project will work to expand Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trusts monitoring scheme to measure biodiversity at a landscape scale.
Thanks to a £127,800 grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund, and a further £15,000 from the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts, the ‘More Data for Nature’ project will work with local groups to monitor their wildlife sites, and collaborate with other Wildlife Trusts from around the country to develop a framework for assessing biodiversity across a landscape scale.
The Trust will be working to identify potential local sites for inclusion in the project and would be interested in hearing from organisations such as ‘friends of’ groups or local land owners who are keen to develop monitoring for their area.
When it comes to data, the more the better, so we’d love to hear what you’ve seen when out and about, or even when you’re at home, so do let us know by recording your sightings on our Nature Counts page. Every record helps us to create a detailed picture of the local wildlife that’s thriving, and what isn’t doing so well. The data collected also feeds in to the National Biodiversity Network’s database, the NBN Atlas, helping build a more accurate representation of the state of nature across the whole country. This information is shared by ecologists across the country and used to inform national policy decisions about nature and the environment.