Survey methods for 50 priority species in Nidderdale AONB

We were commissioned by Nidderdale AONB to develop survey methods for 50 species of conservation priority to be surveyed as part of a large-scale citizen science project, called ‘The Wild Watch’. The project aims to combine the power of citizen science and the latest research to gather natural heritage records and pioneer a new way of delivering conservation action on a landscape scale.

We prioritized 50 species to be surveyed (including a wide range of taxa such as birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, invertebrates and plants), and devised a systematic sampling strategy for the AONB. We recommended data collection methods for each species including the timing and frequency of surveys, equipment specifications, and the target audiences and training likely to be required. We also identified 10 species that would be appropriate for Habitat Suitability Modelling, and outlined the methods and costs involved in this work. Our report was submitted as part of the development phase for Heritage Lottery funding. The application was successful, and funding for the full three year project has been awarded.

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