Specialist volunteers wanted to conduct invertebrate surveys of two NT sites, Stockbridge Down and Stockbridge Marsh. The sites host a number of scarce and threatened invertebrates including Hornet Robber Fly, Nowick Ferox and Drilus flavescens, but apart from brief internal surveys, no indepth surveys have been carried out.
Need to know
Volunteers would be provided with a copy of recent internal biosurveys that list invertebrates found on that survey. However these surveys are brief, with only a few hours spent in the field and so are not indepth across a season. I would like to get a more indepth picture of what we have across a whole survey season. Stockbridge Down is mixed scrub and chalk downland habitat, with woodland edges. Stockbridge Marsh is peat marsh and fen habitat, with riverine edges. Heavy recreational use has limited the grazing on site and resulted in some rank grassland areas which are of less habitat value.
Ideally, at least two days a month across the survey season (May-September) should be dedicated to this, but if able and willing to do more than that would be am advantage.
Volunteers ideally would be specialist in the field of invertebrates and would know the survey methods required and have their own equipment to do so. Any volunteers not currently a National Trust volunteer would be required to sign up to NT volunteering in order to ensure they are under our insurance.
Knowledge of Living Record and ability to upload data to it would be an advantage.
Volunteers can claim travel expenses for travelling to sites, limited to 40 miles per round trip.