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How to get into wildlife recording

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We asked our local wildlife recorders what top tip they would give to someone starting their journey of wildlife recording for the New Year


1. Start off simple. Learn a few new species at a time and get to grips with them for a few weeks or months before moving on to others. You don’t want to overwhelm yourself with too much information to remember at the start. 

Branchage

We are currently carrying out surveys to look into the biodiversity found in hedgerows in Jersey. We will compare what we find before and after the branchage happens. Hopefully we will be able to carry out these surveys over the next few years to have a better idea of how the branchage might be affecting our biodiversity.

Asian Hornets in Jersey


As the spring weather warms, a recent addition to Jersey’s biodiversity begins to rouse. Asian Hornet (Vespa velutina nigrithorax, also known as yellow legged hornet) queens emerge from hibernation to create new nests.

 
Asian Hornets were accidentally introduced to France in 2004 and have since spread throughout France, Spain and into Portugal and Italy. Being so close to the Cotentin Peninsular it was only a matter of time before it arrived in Jersey. The first Jersey sighting was in August 2016.

Reptile guide for Jersey

With the sunny weather, temperatures rising and the arrival of spring there have been more and more reptile records coming in through the Facebook pages - Jersey Wildlife and through our online form.

It's surprising on such a small island that you are never too far away from spotting a reptile. If you have never seen one before or are a regular lizard spotter the feeling of seeing them close to home is stunning.

Toad Watch 2017

The Jersey toad (Bufo spinosus, known locally as the Crapaud) has an iconic status and was once a familiar sight in island ponds and waterways. Recently numbers have declined and so, since 2005, conservationists have been using information from Jersey residents to create an island-wide picture of the toad’s distribution, abundance and breeding patterns.

Wild About Jersey 2017

Come see us at Wild About Jersey where we will be looking at earthworms with UK experts Emma and Kerry from the Earth Worm Society of Britain.  

Throughout the day we will have earthworms on the show so you can your practice measuring skills and learn about their biology and life underground.

At 12:30-13:00 on Saturday and Sunday you can join in with an earthworm survey. Which involves digging and checking which of the three groups they belong to, checking soil types so be prepared for muddy hands (but gloves will be provided!).

JSPCA Red Squirrel study

The JSPCA Animals' Shelter would like islander's assistance with a project that is helping to conserve Jersey's red squirrel population. For more details click on the link below:
JSPCA Red Squirrel Study

Earthworm Survey

Join the earthworm survey at: http://earthwormwatch.org/content/welcome-earthworm-watch

Please also send any records into the Jersey Biodiversity Centre