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Biodiversity Survey

Over the spring / summer of this year Wild Wantage is carrying out a Baseline Biodiversity Survey, funded by Vale of White Horse District Council Climate Action Fund. This work is to find out what plant life and wildlife are in our local area, along with mapping our green corridors and working out ways to improve them.

We are focusing on identifying wildflowers, birds, butterflies, reptiles/amphibians, bees, etc. in the different habitats of Wantage and Grove.

Can you help?
You can get involved in this surveying in 3 different ways:
If you are a keen wildlife spotter please consider joining our Wild Wantage biodiversity survey activity on iRecord. This can either be done on your computer or by downloading the app onto your mobile phone – the link to our group is: https://irecord.org.uk/join/wild-wantage-biodiversity-survey. If you contact us we can let you know if there are specific areas we’re currently looking for people to survey. We are also happy for you to add anything you spot in our area!

If you see things as you’re out and about around Wantage and Grove and have an idea of what they might be, or you use an app to help you identify, you can enter info into our survey here. This will offer you a choice of the things you’re most likely to see and allow you to say how confident you are in your ID. You can fill this survey in as many times as you like up to the end of July. Here are some ID apps you might like to try out:
Merlin
BirdUp
PlantNet
PlantSnap
Tree ID British Trees
Google Lens
We also have a selection of Field Studies Council fold-out guides and a bat detector available to borrow in our Library of Things.

We’d love to hear about what you have available for wildlife in your garden in this survey. The Wildlife Trusts say “Together, the UK’s gardens are larger than all of our National Nature Reserves combined, making them as important for wildlife as they are for our own wellbeing.” So our gardens are a great resource!