Wildlife Surveyor

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Each year The Parks Trust organises several Volunteer Wildlife Surveys in Milton Keynes. These surveys generally focus on species of conservation concern or those identified in the local Biodiversity Action Plan. Some of these are ongoing surveys (e.g. otters, reptiles) whereas others will be run over one year or one season. Wherever necessary, training sessions will be offered for volunteers wishing to get involved with surveys.

If you have any specialist knowledge of any group of plants or animals, or specialist skills, please notify the Volunteer Coordinator and/or the Biodiversity Officer. As well as our city-wide surveys we sometimes engage volunteers in site surveys and transects of various groups (e.g. dragonflies, butterflies, Great Crested Newts). The data you provide for us may be used in reports and management plans for the benefit of the species.

Much of the survey work you carry out will be done outside of office hours, either at night or at weekends. Therefore, please make sure you read the risk assessment for your role thoroughly and follow the guidelines.

New surveys are promoted in our Volunteers Newsletter, on our website and in the local press and survey results will be published by the same means. We also welcome suggestions for future surveys.

For more information you can read our Biodiversity Action Plan here

To register your interest, please complete our online registration form by clicking here.


Discover our parks

  • Floodplain Forest Nature Reserve

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    Set within Ouse Valley Park, the Floodplain Forest is the newest nature reserve in Milton Keynes and the most impressive wildlife habitat creation scheme in the city’s history.

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    There are no refreshment facilities at this location.

  • Linford Lakes Nature Reserve

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    The 37 hectare site consists of a large lake, reedbeds, wet woodland and several small meadows interlaced with a number of smaller lakes and ponds. Four bird watching hides are located giving fine views of the wildlife and beautiful scenery.

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    There are no refreshment facilities at Linford Lakes Nature Reserve other than during special events.

  • Elfield Nature Park

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    Elfield Nature Park is the hidden gem of Milton Keynes’ parks. A mixed landscape of woodland, grassland, scrub, ponds and ditches, the site is not normally open to the public but is very rich in flora and fauna.

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  • Lodge Lake

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    Lodge Lake is one of the city's ‘on-line’ balancing lakes. It was created in 1981 by building a dam across the Loughton Brook. This holds back water as flow rates in the brook increase, helping to prevent flooding in downstream areas. The lake is perfect for a short outing - a gentle walk around the lake edge takes about 30 minutes - with plenty of interest on and off the water year-round.

    Refreshments
    None on site; the nearest shops are located in Great Holm about five minutes’ walk to the west. A Chinese restaurant, the Kam Tong Garden, overlooks the lake.

  • Every year we help around 6,000 people to learn about their local environment through outdoor learning sessions. The school and community groups that take advantage of Milton Keynes’ fantastic outdoor classrooms are amongst the parks’ most enthusiastic visitors.
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