In recent years members of Alnwick Wildlife Group have carried out a range of projects for various organisations, which have included:
- Biodiversity studies of Ford Moss and of Slainsfield Moor for Lord James Joicey at Ford & Etal Estates
- A biodiversity study of the Branton Ponds nature reserve near Powburn for John Carr-Ellison at the Hedgeley Estate
- A biodiversity study of the land at Middleton and at Greenside Farm for Charlie Bennett at the Middleton North Estate near Scots Gap
- On-going surveys (since 2007) of wild bird populations on several lowland farms as part of the Northumberland Estates Grey Partridge conservation scheme. The surveys also include vegetation records.
- On-going surveys (since 2007) of wild bird populations on several areas of moorland as part of the Northumberland Estates Red Grouse scheme. The surveys also include vegetation records.
The Archive page of this website gives access to many of the reports we have produced from these projects.
New volunteers are always welcome to join in with surveys and in particular to join the team who carry out the regular bird surveys for Northumberland Estates.
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 site visit with one of the regular volunteers (and we hope you might become one of those!)
If you would like more details or feel that you would like to get involved, please contact:
George Dodds (Chairman) 01665 578645
Richard Poppleton (Treasurer/Secretary) 01665 578346
Jim Clark (Bird Surveys Co-ordinator) 01665 604185
If you have an idea for a project, please let us know, and keep in mind the following:
- You should personally be prepared to participate, if not necessarily to lead the project
- The scope of the project needs to be realistic for members who are not “expert” observers
- The time required for any project visit(s) should be reasonable