Over the past couple of weeks I have been out with volunteer Charlotte Huntley plotting routes in four grassland areas for grassland monitoring training days.
This involved creating a route for the volunteers to follow that was representative of the grassland, deciding where they should stop to record information, and taking photographs to help orientate the volunteers.
|Doing a species count to measure diversity|
|Carrying out the monitoring within the quadrat square|
The training days involved giving some background information on the grasslands as well as explaining the methodology and doing a practice run on an actual area of grassland. Criteria we were monitoring included whether there were any negative indicators (such as nettles and docks), quantifying diversity by doing a species count, measuring the average sward height, and calculating the proportion of any bare ground.
he methodology has been devised so that interested volunteers can simply go out themselves and follow the instructions to survey the grassland.
|Having a go at identifying some of the plant species|
|Common Spotted Orchid|