Community Science Project

Community Science Project

The project set up a range of long-term citizen science surveys and volunteering activities designed to record ongoing information about the impact of climate change on moorlands

It was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund between 2013 and 2018

During this period 16,500 hours were volunteered – equivalent to 7 years of full time work

Join us in recording how our moorland environment and its wildlife are changing over time

Project start date: October 2012
Project end date: June 2018

By collecting scientific data about upland species such as the mountain hare, curlew, green hairstreak butterfly and the bilberry bumblebee, as well as monitoring environmental factors like the water table, the project aims to find out about the long term prospects of this globally important landscape.

These volunteer-led surveys now form part of the wide range of volunteering opportunities available with the Partnership. Find out more here.

The biological information collected is fed into a national database, meaning that the way the moorland ecosystem is coping with climate change over the long term can be seen.

Where possible we aim to make Community Science data accessible to all. Please do contact us if you're interested in using the information collected through the project.

You can find project updates and reports, including our 2018 preliminary results document on our news and reports page. You can also stay in touch with us via social media on Facebook and Twitter. You can also read our blog archive to find out more about the project so far.

Project podcast

Find out more about the first years of the project by listening to our celebration podcast.

Photography competition

From 2015 to 2017 the project launched annual photographic competitions around the themes 'Moorland and Wildlife', 'Water in the Uplands' and 'Adventures in the Uplands'.

To view all the winning and shortlisted images please visit our Flickr page.

2015 winner - Malcolm Mee
2016 winner - Valerii Romanov
2017 winner - Jay Birmingham
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