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Wildlife surveys at Shapwick

Wildlife surveys at Shapwick.
As part of the on-going monitoring of wildlife on the reserve at Shapwick Moor volunteers undertake surveying throughout the year for a whole variety of wildlife. The monitoring consists of going out to various parts of the reserve with a small group of other volunteers and spotting, identifying and recording any species present.
Monitoring allows us to put the wildlife on the reserve into context with the wider countryside, gives us a good idea of what wonderful wildlife occurs on the reserve, and shows changes in the biodiversity in response to habitat management works that we undertake. Monitoring is an essential part of running a nature reserve.
If you are interested in helping with this essential and fun work on the reserve, do let us know. You do not need to be an expert at identifying the wildlife – you will learn as you go from the others in the groups, and we have various experts to help you identify tricky species. Its great fun, a chance to see parts of the reserve that are not open to the public and will help you improve your wildlife identification skills.
If you have high level identification skills of more unusual taxa, we would be very keen to hear from you!