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.