Our Local Nature Map: Coming Spring 2021


View from Windmill Hill, Upper Beeding

When the ‘State of Nature 2019’ report was published last year, it made sombre reading. It looked back over fifty years of monitoring to see how nature had changed in the UK, with a particular focus on the last ten years.

Of the 696 species monitored, the indicator shows there has been a decline of 13% in average abundance since 1970 and over the last ten years a drop of 6%.

So, what do you do to slow and ultimately stop such a decline? Where do you start to create something better?

For BAG the obvious starting point was to look at what we have got. From this baseline we can then think about what we want and finally decide how we are going to get it. 

How do you find out what you have got? 

Answer: you do a survey of the local area and, in this case, record all the different habitats you find and then you turn this data into a Nature Map which everyone can understand and use. 

And you use lots of people to help collect the information you need. People like you.

Children by the River Adur, Upper Beeding

So, in the Spring 2021 we are sending out trained volunteers, many in wellies, with OS maps and coloured pens to cover an area of a mile and a half around Steyning, Bramber and Beeding to record the different habitats they come across. Simple! 

Big areas of woodland are fine and easy to record. But what about peoples’ back gardens? Urban areas? Much more tricky. This is where the Garden Survey comes in

More information to come…

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