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Community Bioblitz Volunteer

Description of the role:

We have reinvented the bioblitz for 2021 and are looking for wildlife enthusiasts to join in the fun of wildlife surveying this May.

What is a bioblitz?
A bioblitz is a burst of intense biological surveying in an attempt to record all the living species within a designated area. Expert scientists, naturalists and volunteers are on hand all day to share their knowledge and engage with the public.
Whilst we cannot run a 'true' bioblitz this year we would love to invite local naturalists to visit the Park and carry out their own survey work that will later be turned into family-fun activities for everyone to enjoy.

We are looking for a number of volunteers to help us run this event:

Naturalists (Surveying) - Collecting and collating essential survey data
Resource Volunteer - Taking information from expert surveys and turning them into family-friendly resources/ spotter sheets
Data Volunteer- A volunteer who is able to consolidate all of the data gathered over the period of monitoring so that it is useful when submitted to Suffolk Biodiversity Information Service and referred to in future years.

Whether you would like to visit the Park for one day to survey, want to run a bigger wildlife action project during the month or would love to get involved in running a family bug-hunt or pond dip... we want to hear from you!

Get in touch to find out more!

Opportunity Activities: Community Work, General and Helping, Local Events
Start Date: 16th May 2020
End Date: 16th May 2020
Availability required:


What skills are needed?

Depending on the role that you would like to take on the day, the skills required will vary. For those who wish to lead a survey, an understanding of adequate surveying methods, health and safety and recording data is required.

For other roles, it is important that you feel comfortable engaging with members of the public and are confident when working independently as there may be times that you are carrying out a role with one other volunteer, or alone.

What skills will be learned / gained?

You will learn a great deal about biodiversity, surveying and nature throughout with plenty of opportunities for you to join a tour and try out new skills yourself.

DBS Check Required: No
Driving Licence Required: No
Mandatory training required for role: No
Extra information:

Please note that family fun events will run during half term and that those involved in these events may be required to undertake a DBS check.

About the Opportunity Host Organisation

Host Organisation: Clare Castle Country Park Trust
Organisation Profile:

Nestled away in the delightful village of Clare, Clare Castle Country Park contains the remains of the 13th Century stone castle keep set upon its 60ft high motte overlooking the town. The Castle's inner inner and outer baileys are ideal areas for recreation and picnics with the inner bailey also containing the former railway station which is now a Listed building.

Various walks and trails weave through the park which sits along the banks of the River Stour. Our rich flora and fauna is further complimented by a diverse population of wildlife.

After recently securing Heritage Lottery Funding, the park is undergoing renovation works and improving its facilities for the local community and visitors to Clare.