Monitoring wildlife

Reserves Officer surveying orchidsSurveying orchids at Hunsdon and Eastwick Meads Nature Reserve

Data collected through surveys of species and habitats can help us to manage our nature reserves effectively, advise others and plan for the future.

Monitoring is vital for the protection of our local wildlife. It allows us to see over time how well our habitats and species are doing.

Finding out what's there

Surveying is essentially recording what wildlife is found on a site, be that a habitat or a species. Doing surveys regularly allows us to look at changes in those species or habitats over time, as part of a structured monitoring programme. This can help us to find out if there has been a change in populations and determine whether this is due to the effects of management or natural variation. Surveys of groups of species including birds, butterflies, protected species and plants are important for establishing whether or not habitats are in a good condition.

Where to send sightings

Hertfordshire Natural History Society
The society has a network of volunteer recorders, who are experts on specific groups of species and collate and co-ordinate records. They are also willing to assist with identification of the more unusual species. Visit the Herts Natural History Society website