Citizen Science is about partnership- bringing together scientists, amateur recorders and local interest groups from a variety of backgrounds to observe and record the state of our environment.
There are a number of surveys you can take part in covering a wide range of species and some habitats. Some are listed below- your Local Record Centre in Wales has a comprehensive list of surveys on your patch as well as national surveys. The OPAL project also has a wide range of environmental surveys you can take part in.
Survey Pack (Eng) Survey Pack (Cym). The best time to do this survey is from May to November. The translated pack was part of a joint project funded by WBP, Conwy County Borough Council and the Opal team.
The Wales Amphibian Reptile Atlas survey aims to display all amphibian and reptile sightings we have in Wales, and hopefully encourage you to fill in the gaps!
The UK glow work survey aims to gather information about a fascinating insect that most people don’t even realise exists in Britain.
PlantTracker aims to combat spread of the UK’s most problematic invasive, non-native plant species.
The Mammals Monitoring Network (MaMoNet) Wales is a new, 1 year project funded by National Resources Wales and run by The Mammal Society. The project aims to create a network of volunteers to gather data on hedgehogs using the footprint tunnels and harvest mice using nest search methods. For harvest mice, the focus will be in East and South East Wales.
The Open Air Laboratories (OPAL) network is an exciting initiative that is open to anyone with an interest in the natural environment.
OPAL has developing a wide range of local and national programmes to encourage people from all backgrounds to get back in touch with nature. On the OPAL web site, a range of identification guides, resources and general information are available that will allow you to take part in citizen science surveys.
Ancient Tree Hunt
The Ancient Tree Hunt is a living database of ancient trees in the British Isles- join in and record trees on your patch
BBC Things to Do
A celebration of wildlife on your doorstep
Interactive learning tool to inspire young nature lovers and budding scientists- ideal for school participation
Local Record Centres
Network of wildlife recording centres covering the whole of Wales offering useful advice, events and resources
Natural History Museum
Resources, guides and links to nationwide wildlife surveys for the public to get involved in.
Citizen science hub for environmental surveys