Volunteer Wildlife Surveyors

Register to be a volunteer.

Are you looking for a great opportunity to gain vital experience and develop your career as an ecologist? Or do you fancy getting out and about in the glorious countryside of Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and finding out a bit more about the wildlife there? The Wild Watch is YOUR chance to do this and be part of Nidderdale AONB’s biggest ever wildlife survey, helping your wildlife flourish.

We are recruiting volunteers to carry out a variety of wildlife surveys, gathering information on wildlife right across the AONB, ready for the 2018 survey season. 

We are currently recruiting and training volunteers to carry out:

river bank surveys for specific aquatic mammals, river birds, invasive species and dragonflies,
invertebrate surveys
reptile surveys

What will you be doing?

Volunteers will walk a 1km survey route between May and September 2018 (timing will depend on species being surveyed), recording sightings of target species. The routes can be walked at a time convenient to you, each transect should take 1-2 hours. As well as learning more about the wildlife of this stunning area and learning new skills in wildlife surveying, you have an opportunity to be part of conservation project that will radically improve our knowledge of this area enabling us to enhance and develop future conservation work.

Experience required

Experience of wildlife surveys is helpful but not a requirement, some knowledge of local wildlife would be useful too. We are looking for a commitment of 2-4 days between May and September to attend training and carry out surveys. All surveys are located within Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Training will be provided.

Find out more about being a volunteer river bank surveyor in our short film below or register to be a volunteer and book on training.