Carbon Landscape Citizen Science Project

About the project

Register your interest now by emailing the team

This project is one of the 22 projects which together form the Carbon Landscape programme. The Carbon Landscape programme area [view map] encloses the core of the Great Manchester Wetlands Nature Improvement Area (NIA). The NIA supports a host of European and UK protected species, as well as UK Biodiversity Priority Species, all of which depend upon the mossland and wetland habitats which the Carbon Landscape programme will enhance and restore.

This Citizen Science project will build upon existing survey work being undertaken, and will also recruit and train new recorders (our Citizen Scientists), to measure the success of restoration works delivered by the Carbon Landscape partners. This project will significantly increase survey coverage for target species across the habitat restoration areas and the wider Carbon Landscape.

Each survey methodology has been designed with guidance from specialist county and vice-county recorders who between them have a wealth of experience in structured species monitoring in the North-west of England. The survey methods we are rolling-out through this project will ensure that monitoring activities are structured and repeatable, allowing valuable data to be collected, not only during the five year life of the programme, but well into the future.

Biological datasets are of most value when collected over a long period of time. Monitoring the abundance and distribution of the target species into the future is an important mechanism for measuring the success of habitat works on the ground and changes to the landscape over time. This will be of particular benefit to those owning or managing land within the Carbon Landscape, whilst providing ecologists and conservationalists with biological data that can be analysed at landscape scale.

Between now and 2020 Greater Manchester Local Record Centre (GMLRC) will be running a series of species identification and survey training courses covering:


Survey period: Apr to May


Survey period: May to Sep

Farmland breeding birds

Survey period: Apr to Jun


Survey period: Apr to Aug

Water vole

Survey period: Apr to Sep

Wetland birds

Survey period: All year

Survey handbook

Habitat survey form

Non-breeding bird survey form

Willow tit

Survey period: Mar to May

Winter farmland birds

Survey period: Nov to Feb

Instructions for surveyors

Habitat codes

Habitat survey form

Bird survey form

These courses will equip volunteer Citizen Scientists with the necessary skills to take part in surveys. If you are interested in biological recording and would like to get involved then please email for further information.

Landowners' permission

We rely very much on the good will of farmers and landowners. Permission for access onto private land where there are no public rights of way must be obtained prior to conducting surveys. If you are unsure if you have permission to walk onto land please check with GMEU first. This letter briefly explains that you require access to carry out ecological surveys and may assist with your opening discussions with landowners.