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Make 2017 The Year you help Wildlife.

As parents, we all appreciate the benefit of spending time outside and connecting with wildlife for our kids, but did you know that nature is fairing far worse in the UK than most other countries?

This is the stark conclusion of the State of the Nature Report 2016, an assessment into how nature is fairing across the UK, which draws on the data and expertise provided by more than 50 nature conservation and research organisations, making it the largest collaboration of it's kind in UK conservation.

 

We are so excited about the wildlife surveys we have signed up to take part in in 2017, we will be monitoring birds that visit our garden, surveying a stretch of river bank for signs of water voles and carrying out an earthworm count in the autumn. Why not make 2017 the year that you do something extra to support our wildlife and the people who work so hard to preserve it and sign up for wildlife survey too.

As well as highlighting that nature is in serious decline across the UK, with 56% of our native species having reduced in numbers over the last 50 years, including 15% that are at risk of extinction, it also demonstrates the positive steps that have, and are being taken, to support our wildlife.

So what can we do as a family to support our wildlife and wild spaces? Can we do more than just providing for the wildlife in our own back gardens? The report states that current agricultural practices and climate change are two of the biggest influences affecting our native species. Although it is hard to see how one family can achieve much faced by such gigantic problems and industries, the partnership working demonstrated in the State of Nature Report shows us exactly how we, as individuals, can support the valuable work that those organisations are doing.

 

We are so excited about the wildlife surveys we have signed up to take part in in 2017, we will be monitoring birds that visit our garden, surveying a stretch of river bank for signs of water voles and carrying out an earthworm count in the autumn. Why not make 2017 the year that you do something extra to support our wildlife and the people who work so hard to preserve it and sign up for wildlife survey too.

Over 7,500,000 volunteer hours go into monitoring UK nature every year, and it is those hours that provide much of the evidence underpinning this report . Not only is it a powerful tool for planning and evaluating intervention that can be made to support our wildlife, but it also provides hard facts to present to our policy makers, which in turn could have a powerful long term affect in supporting the UK's nature and wild spaces. By contributing to the monitoring of wildlife in the UK families can make a real difference.

There are numerous wildlife organisations who rely on volunteers to help to monitor wildlife, and you can survey anything from invertebrates and plant life through to mammals. As well as making a vital contribution to the work of our conservationists, carrying out surveys gives individuals the opportunity to develop skills in species identification, field survey skills as well as giving you the perfect excuse to get out and about, enjoying our wonderful nature. Even if you don't feel ready to make a formal commitment to surveying, it is still possible to record sightings via a number of apps such as The Mammal Society's App 'The Mammal Tracker' which has the added bonus of recording your location and providing you with a fab species id tool.

 

We are so excited about the wildlife surveys we have signed up to take part in in 2017, we will be monitoring birds that visit our garden, surveying a stretch of river bank for signs of water voles and carrying out an earthworm count in the autumn. Why not make 2017 the year that you do something extra to support our wildlife and the people who work so hard to preserve it and sign up for wildlife survey too.

We are so excited about the wildlife surveys we have signed up to take part in in 2017, we will be monitoring birds that visit our garden, surveying a stretch of river bank for signs of water voles and carrying out an earthworm count in the autumn. Why not make 2017 the year that you do something extra to support our wildlife and the people who work so hard to preserve it, and sign up for wildlife survey too.

This post is our entry in to British Eco Holiday Blogger Competition 2016, sponsored by the fabulous guys over at Eco Holidays and Discount Express Travel.

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32 Comments

  • Reply Kellie

    What a great idea. I didn’t know they had apps for that.
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    January 2, 2017 at 9:48 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      I only recently learned about the app myself Kellie – the kids of course love anything with ‘app’ in the title so they’ll have lots of fun recording our sightings 🙂 Hope you and yours had a wonderful Christmas x

      January 9, 2017 at 5:15 pm
  • Reply Anosa

    I will definitely have to think about how I can do my part to help wildlife, maybe volunteer somehow will and thanks for sharing this
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    December 18, 2016 at 3:05 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      That’s great Anosa, if we all do a little bit I bet it’d have a huge impact 🙂

      December 19, 2016 at 4:38 pm
  • Reply Kerry Norris

    I didn’t realise the situation was so bad. Will show this to hubby as I’m sure he’d love to be involved x

    December 17, 2016 at 10:53 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      I was shocked too Kerry, I think I presumed that because I live in a rural area and see lots of local wildlife that all was well – would be such a shame to lose more wildlife.

      December 18, 2016 at 12:02 am
  • Reply Gina

    Wow, Sarah. I had no idea that the situation was so dire in the UK. I’m sure we’ve done a fair amount of damage here in the states too. I’m not sure if I’m ready to sign up for surveys yet. Do you know if it’s similar in the states to how they do it in the UK? But, I’ll definitely check out some of those apps for sightings. I’ll keep an eye out the next time I go hiking. 🙂
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    December 16, 2016 at 3:15 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      I had no idea either Gina, much of it is loss of habitat due to agriculture (things like removing hedges to make fields bigger) I don’t know anything about conservation of wildlife over there but would love to – You do have a lot more space than us which I imagine is a huge benefit to your wildlife. I’ll have to explain to hubby that I need to visit you guys to carry out some field work!

      December 16, 2016 at 4:57 pm
  • Reply Sadhna Grover

    Wow, this is a great idea that people are going to do something extra in 2017 to help and preserve the wild life in U.K. I like the idea of monitoring birds in your garden. This problem is worldwide, all of us should do something seriously about it

    December 16, 2016 at 10:06 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      I think you are absolutely right Sadhna it is a worldwide problem, and it’s so sad to think that animals we grew up seeing as a children may not be around for future generations.

      December 16, 2016 at 5:04 pm
  • Reply Fashion and Style Police

    What a lovely and informative post. Thanks for educating me on wildlife issues.

    December 16, 2016 at 9:04 am
  • Reply Jessica

    This sounds like an awesome thing to do for the environment and for wildlife. I think my kids would love it. I should look into whether the US has something similar.

    December 15, 2016 at 11:09 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Would love to know what approach is being taken in the US, you have such wildlife diversity over there – I think it’s a great thing for kids to get involved in 🙂

      December 16, 2016 at 4:59 pm
  • Reply clairejustine

    What a lovely post and idea. I love the wildlife and it is great to know that things are being done to protect it 🙂

    December 15, 2016 at 5:19 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Thanks Claire, it is reassuring to know so many organisations are working together to support our wildlife 🙂

      December 15, 2016 at 8:17 pm
  • Reply Evelina

    What a fantastic initiative! Well done!

    December 15, 2016 at 4:09 pm
  • Reply Michelle

    This is such a stunning initiative Sarah, I wish we has something similar in South Africa. We all need to start taking care of Mother Nature. Wishing you luck with the British Eco Holiday Blogger Competition 2016. They just need to look through all your amazing posts to see how close to nature you guys are.
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    December 15, 2016 at 9:58 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      It is frightening how much nature is at risk across the world, we are lucky here in the UK that we have so many people fighting for it – I’m hoping my kids will be part of the next generation. Thank you so much for your best wishes Michelle 🙂

      December 15, 2016 at 11:51 am
  • Reply Kirsty - Get Kids Outside

    We’ve loved doing wildlife surveys over the years, really gets the kids to take a deeper interest in what’s going on around them. We’ve gone on lots of organised events as well, like mammal tracking events and moth evenings, even if not particularly aimed at kids and they’ve worked great because the people who run them are so enthusiastic and want to share their knowledge!
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    December 15, 2016 at 9:02 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      I had a quick look at your website Kirsty and you’ve done some really interesting events. Some of the things we’re looking at are not particularly aimed at kids so its great to hear that they worked well for you guys, I was thinking exactly what you said about the course leaders being pleased to share their knowledge with anyone with an interest. Thanks so much for stopping by 🙂

      December 15, 2016 at 9:28 am
  • Reply Jayne @ Sticky Mud and Belly Laughs

    I agree, it’s so important to help preserve our wildlife. We like to do as much as we can too.
    This is a lovely project for the whole family to get involved with 🙂 x

    December 15, 2016 at 8:15 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      I am really looking forward to the projects we have planned next year, and the kids are really enthusiastic too – I cant wait!

      December 15, 2016 at 9:25 am
  • Reply Lyndsey O'Halloran

    I think we could definitely do more and doing it as a family sounds fun

    December 14, 2016 at 10:04 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      I think it’ll be great fun doing it as a family, and hopefully we’ll all learn some skills as well as doing something for our wildlife 🙂

      December 14, 2016 at 11:23 pm
  • Reply Ana De- Jesus

    I think we all should do our best to protect wildlife, after all they are as much a part of our planet as we are. Great post.

    December 14, 2016 at 2:47 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      I totally agree Ana, it’s terrible to think that we’ve caused so many extinctions by how we live, thank goodness there’s people out there trying to preserve it!

      December 14, 2016 at 2:57 pm
  • Reply Sarah Jean Althouse

    I love supporting and caring for our beautiful land when we can. I love that you are making it a family affair!

    December 14, 2016 at 1:10 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Thanks Sarah Jean, I think the kids will learn so much from taking part in the surveys, I hope that they will grew into adults who care as much about wildlife as they do now 🙂

      December 14, 2016 at 2:55 pm
  • Reply Dean of Little Steps

    Getting involved with Wild life is a good one! We like to do as much as we can too. The National Trust also have good programmes and have been meaning to volunteer with them for ages 🙂

    December 14, 2016 at 9:54 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Organisations like the National Trust do so much now to involve their members don’t they, I think it’s such a great way for families to spend some quality time together and do some good at the same time 🙂

      December 14, 2016 at 2:53 pm

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