Environmental Citizen Science Project launches in Andover

12/05/2022

Residents of Andover and the surrounding areas are being asked to contribute to the Nature in Harmony: Citizen Science project following a successful year of wildlife surveying in 2021.

Developed by local environmental charity, Andover Trees United, the Nature In Harmony: Citizen Science project, which launches its second year of wildlife surveying on 1st May, will work with ordinary people, of all ages, to investigate the distribution of animal and plant species across Harmony Woods in Andover. 

Citizen science is a branch of scientific research conducted by non-scientists; by enrolling the help of volunteers into scientific research the capacity of the scientific community is improved and the public’s understanding of the science is increased.

Nature In Harmony: Citizen Science has two goals: Firstly, to enhance current scientific understanding of the 44 acres of new woodland, located between Augusta Park and close to Enham Alamein. Secondly, to give individuals who take part the opportunity to take action in their own community and improve their understanding of ecology and conservation.

The charity is looking for 12 members of the community for a minimum of 2 half-days each to act as recording assistants in our regular wildlife surveys. No experience is required as training will be given in field survey techniques and species identification by the project ecologist. All equipment needed for the survey will also be provided onsite. Surveys will be carried out primarily on weekday mornings, however, weekend sessions can be arranged for those who have other commitments during the week.

Over the next year Andover Trees will also be running an exciting programme of events to complement the scientific research activity. Open to all, the events will include a Bioblitz on May 28th, 10x woodworking workshops throughout summer, and a concert on July 16th.

Wendy Davis, founder of Andover Trees United, said “ We are very excited for Megan to take on our annual citizen science programme and develop it further as it enters its second year. Assisting in these simple but important surveys is a lovely way to spend a few hours, you can enjoy the peace and tranquility of Harmony Woods, practice your flower and bug ID skills in a relaxed environment and help conserve your local wild spaces.” 

Referring to the charity’s reliance on a range of supporters for the work it carries out, she also added, “we are indebted to a generous benefactor who has made this ecology internship possible.”

For more information on how to get involved please visit www.andovertrees.org.uk/nature-in-harmony or contact megan.broughton@andovertrees.org.uk

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