Living Levels: Wild Watch

Our Wild Watch project aims to engage local people in recording wildlife on the Gwent Levels.

Through a programme of training days and online resources, we aim to provide local people with the confidence, skills and knowledge to help survey and record wildlife.

Surveying wildlife is essential for improving our understanding of the state of nature. Information gathered during surveys will reveal how wildlife numbers and distribution are changing in response to climate change and habitat loss. As in many parts of the UK, wildlife on the Gwent Levels is under-recorded, primarily due to lack of resources. Our Wild Watch project will help to increase the number of “eyes on the ground” and give a clearer picture of a rapidly changing situation.

We have selected 12 target species to concentrate on, one for each month of the year. Over the course of the year volunteer surveyors are asked to look out for and record a range of wildlife, such as barn owls, water voles, mistletoe and shrill carder bees. Volunteers can record one, a few, or all of the target species; and can record the species many times and throughout the year.

Towards the end of the summer, we will organise a special field recording day for volunteers.

This is an exciting opportunity for volunteers both with or without previous experience of wildlife recording. Don’t be daunted – you will be provided with training and support in both species ID and how to record and submit accurate records.

Training and support

To help get you started we have organised a series of training days where you will be given an introduction to each species and some basic survey skills.

Training sessions will be held at a variety of venues across the Levels and will be delivered by SEWBReC (South East Wales Biodiversity Records Centre) and local experts. Sessions will focus on the identification of the 12 target species, featured on the calendar, through talks, field walks and ‘hands-on’ practical sessions (e.g. analysing owl pellets). There will also be instruction on how to submit records using record cards, online and the SEWBReC recording app. Places are limited, so please book early.

We have also produced a series of online guides with downloadable resources for each species.

How to book

Details of training courses are on our Events pages.

Please register your details using the link below BEFORE booking on a course.

Please note that it is NOT essential to attend the training days - you can still take part by downloading the online resources.

Getting involved

If you would like to get involved in the Living Levels: Wild Watch project, click the button below and complete the registration form.

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Register for the Wild Watch project to receive a copy of our 2019 Calendar.

Complete the registration form and we will send you details of where to pick up a free copy of the 2019 Wild Watch calendar.

This project is delivered in partnership with: