Recording Opportunities

Current Wildlife Surveys

 

Norfolk and Norwich Naturalists' SocietyNorfolk Amphibian and Reptile Group (NARG) Norfolk’s frogs and toads need your help, so hop to it!

Spring is in the air and the amphibians are beginning to breed – we need you to tell us where they are

 

Download and print a survey form or send an SAE to: NARG, Phil Parker, White Row Cottage, Leziate Drove, Pott Row, King’s Lynn PE32 1DB. Feel free to contact us at surveys@nnns.org.uk if you have any questions.

Photographer: Hans Watson Common Frog (Rana temporaria) has smooth, shiny skin. Photo: Hans Watson
Photographer: Hans Watson Common Toad (Bufo bufo) has drier, rougher skin. Photo: Hans Watson

The ponds and pools that amphibians rely on to breed are increasingly under threat from development and drainage of land, with an estimated loss of around a third of sites in the last 50 years. According to the results of the Countryside Survey 2007, published last month, 80% of the small water bodies that are still left in the UK are in poor condition.  All amphibians are under-recorded in Norfolk and the lack of data is a serious obstacle when it comes to assessing the health of their populations.

The Norfolk & Norwich Naturalists’ Society (NNNS) and the Norfolk Amphibian & Reptile Group (NARG) have teamed up to launch a survey of Common Frog and Common Toad in Norfolk.

To take part, all you need to do is download a form and record any sightings of frogs and toads you come across anywhere in the county, whether they’re in a lake, crossing a road or making use of your own garden pond. If you’re not sure how to tell the species apart, have a look at our on-line identification guides.

The Big Lottery FundOpen Air Laboratories network (OPAL)This project has been funded by the Open Air Laboratories network (OPAL). The OPAL network is an exciting new initiative, aimed at encouraging people to get back in touch with nature by enabling them to explore and study their local environments which received a grant from The Big Lottery Fund in 2007. The Big Lottery Fund distributes half of the National Lottery good cause funding across the UK. The Fund is committed to bringing real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need.

 

 


 

Norfolk and Norwich Naturalists' SocietyGet snout and about with the NNNS Hedgehog Survey

Hedgehogs are in trouble – but you can help us by taking part in the Norfolk Hedgehog Survey

 

Download and print a survey form or send an SAE to: Dr Dave Leech, The Nunnery, Thetford, IP24 2PU. Feel free to contact us at surveys@nnns.org.uk if you have any questions.

Hedgehog. Hempnall 28 May 2008. Photographer: Andy Musgrove Hedgehog
Hedgehog distirbution map 2007 Figure 1. Hedgehog Distribution 2007

The results of several national surveys suggest that the British Hedgehog population has declined by as much as 50% over the last 40 years.  Their deteriorating conservation status is probably due to a combination of factors dependent on the habitats in which they live.  In farmland areas, increased pesticide use and the loss of field margins may have reduced the amount of food available to them, while the destruction of hedgerows has left populations isolated, increasing the risk of local extinctions. Urban habitats are also becoming less enticing, as the overgrown, unkempt gardens and brownfield sites that once provided food and shelter are tidied up or developed.

In order to monitor the changes in their fortunes in Norfolk, we need to build up an accurate picture of where they are now.  While we have historic records from 700 tetrads in the county, last year we only received records from 139 of these (see Figure 1).  We urgently need to find out whether the Hedgehogs have disappeared from these sites, and whether they’ve colonised any new ones. 

Help us to help the Hedgehogs by recording the location and date of any individuals you see, whether they’re live or dead.  You can even record their droppings!

 

 


 

Norfolk Wildlife TrustNWT Coastal Wildlife Survey

Norfolk has some amazing and very special coastal wildlife. The salt marshes, sand dunes, shingle spits and sandy beaches are a very important part of wild Norfolk and with other coastal habitats support a huge diversity of wildlife. Norfolk Wildlife Trust is asking for your help in recording coastal wildlife this summer.

Have you seen any of these species in Norfolk ?

Grayling butterfly, harbour porpoise, slipper limpet, yellow horned-poppy, sea-holly

Norfolk Wildlife Trust is working in partnership with Norfolk Biodiversity Information Service to map the distribution of these five coastal animals and plants.  These are all believed to be declining in the county, except the slipper limpet, a non-native species that is spreading into Norfolk waters.

When you see any of these five species add your sighting online at www.norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk/naturalconnections/surveys or telephone 01603 598333 for survey leaflet.

 

 


 

Norfolk Wildlife TrustThe Norfolk Wildlife Trust has launched a number of recording schemes, aimed at the public, as part of its Natural Connections programme.  This initiative is designed to encourage people who have little or no previous survey experience to become actively involved in collecting information about the county's wildlife through a series of simple surveys, covering both plant and animal groups.  Each survey will run for a period of several months, and there will be at least two surveys running concurrently at any point during the year - to find out which surveys are running at the moment and learn how to get involved, click here.

 

 


 

Butterfly Conservation want to raise public awareness and recruit more people for the on-going National Moth Recording Scheme. For more about moths and how to trap and record them, go to the web site which is packed with useful information: http://www.mothcount.brc.ac.uk