Citizen Science - Count on Nature

Churches and cathedrals across the country are preparing for the annual “Churches Count on Nature” event – taking place from 8-16th June – the same week as “Love Your Burial Ground Week”.

We will be welcoming people to our ‘citizen science’ event and helping them to record what animals and plants they see, either on the iNaturalist app on your phone or with paper and pencil. The data will then be collated and shared.

It's very hard to protect wildlife if you don't know much about it. To understand what a species needs, we have to gather information about population, habitat choices and behaviour. Even more importantly, we have to monitor how these things change over time, in order to spot worrying trends and identify issues. The more information we have, the better.

That's where citizen science comes in. By working together with volunteers, scientists and conservationists can collect much more information about the species they are studying. Sometimes specialist knowledge is required, but often a basic grasp of wildlife is all you need or a clever App to help you.

Just turn up on the day. If you don’t live in East Harling come and find out what you need, and make your own records in your village graveyard.

First published on: 29th May 2024
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