Pollinator Citizen Science Nature Volunteers - West Midlands Canals
Activities: Practical, Environment, Outdoors, Education, Surveying, Plastic and Litter Clearance, Management and Supervision
West Midlands Canals: locations include Perry Barr, Birmingham, Smethwick, Leamington Spa, Coventry, Walsall, Cannock Extension, Fens Pools, Belvide Reservoir, Bittel Reservoirs, Shrewley Cutting, Brewins Cutting, Anglesey Branch Canal
Pollinator Citizen Science nature volunteers are part of the Canal and River Trusts Ecology and Environment team, supporting nature recovery through our Green Recovery Challenge Project. By working together, we can collect information about species populations, habitats and behaviours to better understand how best to support nature and monitor changes and trends over time.
Volunteers play a vital part in collecting this data to support and protect vulnerable species along our network and it is a great way to learn more about our wonderful local wildlife.
As a citizen science nature volunteer you will have the opportunity to get involved surveying different pollinator species along locations of our canal network or at some of our reservoir nature reserves.
• Twice monthly 1km butterfly and bee walks
• FIT (flower insect timed) counts
• Moth survey event nights
These surveys are suitable for all abilities and ages as full training can be given as needed and straight forward instructions and identification guides will also be provided.
What's in it for you?
This is the chance to have a positive impact on your local waterway, play a leading role in recovering vulnerable species. It is a fact that being by the water makes you happier and healthier, this role allows you to both increase your own wellbeing as well as encouraging others to improve theirs.
Citizen Science Nature volunteers will receive an induction and on-going or ID training as required. The Trust will provide clothing and equipment and offers reasonable out of pocket expenses.
What skills are we looking for?
The most important attributes are an enthusiasm to recover green spaces and support wildlife across our canal network and surrounding area and a hands-on approach. It may be that you have an interest in nature, our waterways and/or a good local knowledge of the area, but they aren’t essential so long as your willing to learn more about both. This role largely take place across 2022 to support our Green Recovery Challenge Project, however there may be opportunities to continue in the role following this year project permitting.