Surveys

Surveys with long-term data help to show us what has changed and how management of the habitat is affecting wildlife. These include three annual monitoring surveys (Frogs/ponds, butterflies, and meadows) and a hedgerow survey (repeated on ten year intervals, the most recent being in 2013).
 
Frogs are surveyed around March for the frogspawn and during summer or early autumn to record whether the ponds have retained water or are dry.

Two butterfly transects are walked weekly between April and September using the national 'transect walk method'. The total length is just under 5km (Fryent Country Park 3,075 metres and Beane Hill 1,800 metres, a total of 4,875 metres).  Butterfly transects are daytime surveys, generally between 10.30am and 16.30 hours.  Good weather is conducive to butterfly flight and to a pleasant walk.  
 
Surveys of plant species in the meadows are scheduled during the Sunday morning projects in mid-June to early July. Weather conditions are important aiming for reasonable sunshine and dry vegetation.

Other surveys include amphibians and reptiles; blackberries; bluebells; fruit trees; mosses and lichens; moths.

For more information and to volunteer your help, download our programme and join the next Sunday project.