In recent years members of the Alnwick Wildlife Group have carried out a number of projects for various organisations which include :-
- A biodiversity study of Ford Moss for Ford and Etal Estate.
- An on-going survey of wild bird populations on several lowland farms as part of Northumberland Estates Grey Partridge conservation scheme.
- A similar survey of several areas of moorland associated with a Red Grouse scheme also being carried out by Northumberland Estates
New volunteers are always welcome to join the team!
Most of the bird surveys are based on a number of “target species” which are those most commonly found in the area being surveyed. It is therefore not essential that volunteers have a very wide knowledge and experience of bird recognition. There is always someone willing to help and if desired it can be arranged to have a visit with one of the regular volunteers.
Slainsfield Moor Survey
During the latter part of 2012 and 2013 we were invited to carry out a survey of Slainsfield Moor for Lord James Joicey of Ford and Etal Estates. The work involved a range of AWG members, plus a number of others with expertise who agreed to join us. The report that emerged from the surveys has now been completed (November 2013) and sent to Lord Joicey. Those of us who were involved enjoyed the excuse to do some detailed work in the field and we hope that the end result will be of value to Ford and Etal Estates and of interest to others. We were particularly pleased that several members of the Berwick Wildlife Group got involved and were very influential and we hope that this may be the beginning of a series of future projects involving members of both groups.
Richard Poppleton AWG Treasurer
Please find a link to this report Slainsfield Moor Survey Document
If you would like more details or feel that you would like to be involved please contact :-
George Dodds. 01668 578645
Richard Poppleton. 01665 578346
Jim Clark. 01668 217004
If you have an idea for a project let us know. Please keep in mind the following:-
Be prepared to participate
Keep it realistic for members who are not “expert” observers
Try to keep to a reasonable time limit.