Regarding: Big Rutland Ecosystems Survey!.
The Sustainable Land Trust is launching the Big Ecosystems Survey, a pilot citizen science project starting in Rutland to inspire people to learn about their environment and address issues such as climate change and biodiversity loss. The pilot is being launched on 13th May 2019, at 10am at the Kings Centre in Barleythorpe, and everyone is welcome.
The first session will include presentations from the Barleythorpe Community Trust and the Melton and Oakham Waterways Society and will lead into a training session on measuring biodiversity – plant identification. In following weeks, the training programme will take place on the Oakham Heights housing development in Barleythorpe from 1.30pm to 3.30pm, and at the Oakham Canal from 4pm to 6pm on regular Mondays.
The programme will run over three months and will train volunteers in how to survey their housing estate, village, school grounds, or community garden to identify all of the services that nature is providing to their area. Training will be given in a wide range of environmental survey skills such as measuring carbon stocks in trees and soils, biodiversity richness, water and soil quality, and pollination. Surveys will also include measuring how areas can contribute to health and wellbeing and the local economy. Volunteers will learn how to communicate their findings and explore positive ways to influence change.
We have included a poster and would be grateful if you could put this on your noticeboard as we would love to have volunteers come forward from your own community.
If you would like to come along to the launch, you are very welcome – just register on our website.
Kate Hiseman MSc CIEEM CIEMA
CEO | Sustainable Land Trust
Office | 01664 400150