Surveys

There are a number of surveys which you can take part in. Use the information below to find out which survey is right for you and how to take part:

Different surveys should be carried out at different times of the year. Use the diagram below to see which surveys can be carried out at what times:

Moorland calendar

Each survey requires a different level of time and commitment from you. The icons 1, 2 or 3 show you how much time is involved - 1 being the least and 3 being the most.

Ring Ouzel and Redwing Survey


Simply make a note of when and where you see either of these migratory thrush species, and what habitat it was in. If you see a ring ouzel also make a note of whether it was singing or not. More information.

 Hare Survey

Hare and Rabbit Survey
Simply make a note of when and where you see any of 3 species - Mountain Hare (also called Snow Hare), Brown Hare and Rabbit. If you see a Mountain Hare, record its coat colour and whether there was snow on the ground at the time. More information.

Bird Survey


 This survey requires the least time and effort from you. On any trip out and about in the moorlands or uplands, you simply make a note of when and where you see (or hear) any of 3 species. These are: Curlew, Red Grouse and Swallow. More information.

Butterfly Survey 


 This survey requires the least time and effort from you. On any trip out and about in the moorlands or uplands, you simply make a note of when and where you see one of 3 species of butterfly. The species are:  Orange Tip, Peacock and Green Hairstreak. More information.

Buds, Berries and Leaves Survey


 This survey is ideal for regular users of the moorlands, as it requires you to walk a set route (a transect) at least once a month. As you walk, you record the growth stages of four target moorland plant species. You can adopt one of our existing transects or you can create one of your own. Suited to both groups and individuals. More information.

Bumblebee Survey


 This survey is ideal for regular users of the moorlands, as it requires you to walk a set route (a transect) which is ideally repeated between March and October. As you walk you record any of 3 species of bumblebee which you see. You can adopt one of our existing transects or you can create one of your own. Suited to both groups and individuals. More information.

The Big Moss Map - Sphagnum Survey

The Big Moss Map
 This survey requires you to walk along paths and record whether or not there is Sphagnum moss present on either side. Suited to both groups and individuals. More information.

Environmental Monitoring


  This long-term monitoring is ideal for groups or people who would like to adopt their own local moorland survey site and measure factors such as rainfall, temperature, peat depth, water table and vegetation.  It requires the site to be visited regularly (at least monthly) on an ongoing basis. More information.

Ready to survey? Click through to your chosen survey page and learn how to get started.

Illustration details: birds (c) Mike Langman; butterflies & bees (c) Chris Shields.

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