Citizen Science: How to conduct a Reptile Survey
Citizen science is when the public contributes to scientific research - you could be a species expert, or just someone with an interest. In 2024 Bore Place are offering is a series of FREE training sessions to learn to survey for our six key indicator species in a friendly and relaxed group setting. From there, you can then look to take on regular or ad-hoc voluntary surveys at Bore Place, to contribute meaningful data to our work.
- 11 May 2024
- 9am - 12 noon
- Bore Place
How to conduct a reptile survey
Why are reptiles a useful indicator species?
All four reptile species native to Kent (grass snake, adder, slow worm and common lizard) are thought to be in decline according to the State of Nature in Kent report (2021). By monitoring our reptiles on site, we can assess the structure of grassland, suitable ecological connections across the site, invertebrate numbers, and whether other management and farming activities are being undertaken sympathetically. Reptiles can be surveyed by checking the cover objects (mats and tins) we have spread across different habitats on site, and you will learn how to do this safely.
This training session is one of Bore Place scheduled surveys – so by the end of the session, you’ll already have contributed data to our research. Taking part in any of Bore Place training sessions and surveys will give you useful experience.
Places are limited for each training session and must be pre-booked. Please book here to let us know you’re coming.
If the session is fully booked, please join the waiting list as Bore Place may be able to offer another training session in response to demand.
- Over 18s only.
- Dress for the weather and in clothes you don’t mind getting mucky – all training sessions are practical and will be outside.
- Wear sturdy, comfortable boots or wellies.
- Feel free to bring water and snacks with you.
- Sorry, no dogs are permitted with the exception of service animals.