Surveying for water voles is not difficult, and can get you out into some beautiful landscapes.
We rely on volunteers a great deal to keep our records and information up to date, and to discover new sites, and in 2011 we launched a long-term monitoring programme involving volunteers.
Training for surveyors
We regularly run half day training events as introductions to water vole ecology and water vole surveying. The courses are open to anyone who lives or spends time in the North Pennines and are aimed at those who can spare some time to help us with the long term monitoring project
Details of the training workshop and how to book are available as part of the full training programme for WildWatch North Pennines.
Long Term Monitoring Project
We now have a fairly good picture of the distribution of water voles in the North Pennines and are focussing our efforts on a long term monitoring programme to see how they fare over time. If you have some time to spare on a couple of days every spring/summer and would be willing to help out with this work, please get in touch. firstname.lastname@example.org
If you want to submit any findings please enter data on the submit a record page.
Resources for volunteer surveyors
Information about safety, timesheets and claiming expenses can be found here
You can find more information about water voles in the North Pennines, including distribution maps, here.