Tracking the Impact – Results so far
Tracking the Impact is a four year landscape-scale wildlife surveying programme across the Central Chilterns area, which has been further expanded in 2023 to include the Chess catchment area.
We have seen some incredible results so far – in the first two years of the project our team of volunteers has helped reach 60% coverage of our project area. Of the 50 available 1km survey squares available in the 2020-2022 seasons, 45 have been covered for Breeding Bird Survey, 31 for Wider Countryside Butterfly Survey and 17 for the National Plant Monitoring Scheme.
In 2022, our 78 volunteers submitted over 3,250 records between them, recording 335 species – with each record helping us to better understand the wildlife of the Chilterns.
All of the records for the survey squares have been entered onto our new online interactive map so you can see for yourself what birds, butterfly and plants have been recorded and where. You can choose to:
- Have a map or satellite image base to help locate where you are looking
- Zoom in and out to get more or less detail on the map
- View bird, butterfly or plant records (note you can only have one option selected at any time)
Any squares that are shaded have been surveyed so simply click on a square, and you will be presented with a pop up list of all the species recorded in that square.
Tracking the Impact is part of the Chalk, Cherries and Chairs Landscape Partnership Scheme which is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund & and HS2 Community & Engagement Fund, and managed by the Chilterns Conservation Board. New for 2023, we have teamed up with the River Chess Smarter Water Catchment project, led in partnership by the Chilterns Chalks Streams Project and Chiltern Society, to extend Tracking the Impact surveys into the Chess catchment.
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Tracking the Impact - an online celebration of the role of the volunteers involved in this Citizen Science and conservation project.