Biodiversity

Our Local Nature Map

View from Windmill Hill, Upper Beeding

Mapping the Local Habitat in Steyning and Surrounding Areas

Before undertaking any biodiversity or conservation project it is important to get to know and understand the area that you are working with. You need to find out what is already there; to actually look at what you have. Only then can you put together a vision of what you would like to have. Then you can plan how you are going to get from one to the other. 

Children by the River Adur, Upper Beeding

How do you find out what you have got?

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

It requires lots of people to help collect the information you need. People like you.

In the Spring 2021 we sent out trained volunteers with OS maps and coloured pens, to cover an area a mile and a half around Steyning, Bramber and Beeding and record the different habitats. Simple!

The Story of the Nature Map

This 15 minute video tells the story of Nature Map.  It explains why it was made, how it was done, and what it tells us about the precious countryside around Steyning, Bramber and Beeding – and how we can help preserve it if we work together.

Results of the Nature Map Project!

The interactive map below shows the information our fantastic volunteers collected about the local habitats.  Just click on the three squares symbol on the top right to choose which ‘layers’ to display.

Using the Habitat Map Key in the bottom righthand corner, you can see the results of the survey displayed on the map.

And this is the original map that was created by hand to show all the habitats:

steyning nature map

How the Nature Map Project came about

We ran an initial training session in January 2021 to run through what needed to be recorded and and how to record it, with a follow up session out in the field, and you can see the results in the interactive map below. 

This video recorded our training session so you can find out all about it here;

The Mapping Continues…

We are now looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help the next stage the mapping project in which we survey and record the local hedgerows – vital corridors for wildlife.  You do not need any previous knowledge or experience as all training will be provided.

If interested contact Action Group Co-ordinator Ronnie Reed