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Tracking the Impact

Want to help us record the state of nature in the Chilterns?

Be a part of Tracking the Impact!

We're working across the Central Chilterns to monitor the state of nature, focusing on plants, birds and butterflies as part of a ground-breaking new partnership.


Corn Bunting, photo credit to Roy McDonald

Contact the team and sign up

If you are interested in getting involved as a surveyor, want to find out how the project can help you improve your skills or if you would like to help others improve their skills then please contact:

Nick Marriner (Landowner Engagement Officer, Chilterns Conservation Board)

nmarriner@chilternsaonb.org                      07785 527108

What is Tracking the Impact all about?

The Chilterns Conservation Board has teamed up with Butterfly Conservation, British Trust for Ornithology, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, BMERC, BBOWT and Plantlife to deliver an exciting new landscape-scale wildlife surveying programme across the Central Chilterns area.

New surveying opportunities will be on offer not only for experienced surveyors but also the next generation through a species ID and survey training package.

Working across 50 1km survey squares, the project will dovetail with existing national recording schemes (Breeding Bird Survey, Wider Countryside Butterfly Survey and National Plant Monitoring Scheme) to bolster coverage in a ground-breaking new partnership.

The project will offer opportunities to explore new sites in the area and the data will be used to track trends across the landscape and inform practical woodland, grassland and farmland habitat management projects.

Tracking the Impact is part of the new Chalk, Cherries and Chairs Landscape Partnership Scheme which is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and managed by the Chilterns Conservation Board. You can learn more about the scheme here.

What do we offer?

If your interest is in birds, butterflies and/or plants we are offering exciting new opportunities to:

·         take on new survey squares and get involved in national recording schemes

·         receive training in species ID and survey techniques

·         offer training and support to new volunteer surveyors

The project will last initially for 4 years and will start in spring 2020. We are looking for volunteers to carry out surveys during the spring and summer and would love to hear from you if you:

·         are an experienced surveyor and are keen to take on a new patch

·         have some species ID experience but would like some training to help you develop

·         are new to surveying and want some training on specific survey methods

By getting involved you will both be making a big difference to your local wildlife in the Chilterns and be contributing to national recording schemes. We will also be offering the chance to meet with other surveyors and to get feedback on the project at regular workshops and events.



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