Sunday 25th Apr 2021 10:00 - 15:30
Tudor House Community Centre, 8 Liverpool Road, Hindley, Wigan, WN2 3HU
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Although some taxonomic groups, such as birds, have been the subject of structured surveys for many years, good quality survey data is less widely available for plants within the Carbon Landscape programme area. The Citizen Science Project Plant Survey aims to fill this gap by recruiting and training voluntary recorders to carry out surveys of the key habitats that make up this area of high nature conservation value.
The abundance of some plant species has changed significantly over the last 30 years with some declining due to changes in land use and habitat loss; whereas, other species have increased as environmental conditions have changed in their favour. To protect existing plant populations and to improve habitat suitability for declining species, it is important to understand which species are present where and which habitats they occur in.
Habitat creation and restoration is being undertaken by the Carbon Landscape Partnership as part of the wider programme and the Citizen Science Plant Survey will contribute valuable information to this process.
This workshop consists of classroom sessions and practical field survey training on Amberswood Common Site of Biological Importance which supports a mosaic of habitats.
The survey is designed to be accessible to plant enthusiasts with a range of experience and whilst some prior plant identification knowledge is preferable, lack of experience in areas such as grasses or ferns will not prevent you from making a valuable contribution. Previous survey experience is not essential, if you are keen to put your interest in plants to practical use.
As well as, learning how to carry out the survey you will be able to sign up for a 1km survey square during the workshop. Additional specialist training on ferns and sedges ID will be offered to volunteers who carry out these surveys.
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