Surveys

The Trust is compiling a 10 year Natural History Survey of the parish. We hope at the end of the survey to published an illustrated book with our findings. Please join us, no experience is required, and learn to identify your local wildlife. Details of our survey outings can be found in the calendar on our home page.

Surveys include

  • Flowers
  • Butterflies
  • Moths
  • Bees and Wasps
  • Other insects
  • Trees
  • Fungi
  • Lichen
  • Ferns

And many more ….

Phase 1 Habitat Survey

The Phase 1 Habitat Survey has been developed by the Joint Nature Conservancy Committee to provide evidence, information and advice so decisions can be made that protect our natural resources and systems. A survey is required to be carried out on behalf of the local planning authority on any land that is being looked at by a developer.

The Phase 1 habitat classification and its associated field survey technique provides a relatively rapid system to record semi-natural vegetation and other wildlife habitats. Each habitat type/feature is defined by way of a brief description and is allocated a specific name, an alpha-numeric code, and unique mapping colour. The system has been widely used and continues to act as the standard ‘phase 1’ technique for habitat survey across the UK.

The Phase 1 Habitat survey is an ever-evolving document. Our ten-years of field observations and mapping enables the Trust to highlight areas of significant habitat, environmental and wildlife importance and the continuation of any “green corridors” that need to be considered in any future development within the parish of East Keswick.

Built-up areas of the parish are important for wildlife. During the last ten years of recording, The Trust has found that, as well as their nature reserves in East Keswick, the built-up environment with its gardens and associated habitats are very important for wildlife, especially to native bird, bat and invertebrate populations. This is in contrast to the often intensively farmed land surrounding the settlement which provides little in the way of suitable habitat, food or shelter.

Further information

If you cannot find the information you are looking for or have a question about surveying with East Keswick Wildlife Trust, please get in touch at our general info details on our Contact Page.