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North West - events, surveys, training


I thought that it would be useful to have a dedicated topic where events, surveys and training could be publicised. Please add any events which you are either running, involved in or know of around the North West.

Thanks, Rachael

Biodiversity mentor - North West



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Urban mammals survey

Having started this topic here is my first post:

The People's Trust for Endangered Species is currently looking for volunteers to participate in their Urban Mammals survey.

This is a survey to find out how our wild animals are using the built environment and the green spaces within it. By carefully identifying and recording the mammals that live in and around our towns and cities, we can begin to understand – and encourage – the biodiversity on our doorstep.
This survey takes place between April and June of each year and requires you to spend some time observing a chosen site (e.g. your garden, allotment or local park) at least once a week for 8 weeks throughout the survey period.

For more information or to take part online please visit www.ptes.org/lwm or email lwm@ptes.org for a survey pack.

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RSPB Dove Stones BioBlitz, Oldham

Dove Stones RSPB reserve near Oldham is having a BioBlitz on the 6th and 7th July this year and is looking for volunteers to help them. There are a range of volunteer opportunities available. More information can be found at http://www.environmentjob.co.uk

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Water vole and Brown hare recording and sightings


I have copied these over from the main North West forum:

North West lowlands water vole project

It is now possible to enter any sightings online on the Lancs Wildlife Trust website.

The North West is a Water vole hot spot with Water vole populations fairing better in than in other parts of the UK. Although its not the best time of year to see Water voles the burrows can be visible and these can be recorded on the website.


North West Brown Hare project
This project is running across Lancashire, Greater Manchester and North Merseyside. This project also allows sightings to be entered onto its website.

There are also details of Hare walks with one coming up on 12th December at RSPB Dovestones Estate.
For more information and to record sightings go to: http://www.brownhare.org.uk/

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Lancashire and Great Manchester mammal group

This is a fairly new group, they have just released their events list for this year, including a talk on Sun bears, this Wednesday 29th Feb and a family hedgehog rescue event on 24th March. See the link below for more details.