Surveying in Suffolk

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Map reading whilst surveying wood pasture and parkland

We are starting an ambitious new project to map and assess the condition of Wood Pasture and Parkland in Suffolk. If you can’t picture what this habitat looks like, you are not alone! This is an understudied, historically overlooked habitat, consequentially general awareness of its existence let alone its wildlife value, is low. Your garden, village green space or local park may be a fragment of old wood pasture without you even knowing it.

We are using Suffolk as our survey trial this year. We need volunteers to help us test the survey in Suffolk to help us refine it until it’s suitable to be scaled up and used all over the country. What we learn this year will help the future of this survey, and so the future conservation of this amazing habitat. 

We know fragments of ancient wood pasture are still present, but there are no reliable statistics on the extent, loss or fragmentation. Please help us discover them.

We’ve devised a simple survey technique to assess the condition of wood pastures. Now we’re asking for your help. We are looking for two things: volunteers and landowners (so that we can get permission to survey). 

4 ways to help our wood pasture and parkland survey

1. Are any of the pins on the map below on your land or land you manage?

Please let us know! Contact us with the site number (seen by clicking the pin on the map that is on your land). Please also let us know whether you would like to conduct the survey yourself, or would be happy to let one of our volunteer surveyors visit. The survey is very simple to conduct, but we will offer training if you would find it useful. 

It is not intrusive and does not require samples to be taken; it is a simple structured walk in which various features are counted, estimated or noted.

2. Do you know anyone that owns or manages any of these sites?

If so please forward this web page to them! Or if you don’t know their email address, please download this letter and post it through their letterbox. Please do not send us their contact details directly, unfortunately we wouldn’t be able to use any third party contact details you send us as we wouldn’t have permission to contact them.

  3. Become a volunteer surveyor

It’s literally a walk in the park! The survey is very simple to conduct, it’s a structured walk which can be done on a specific visit, or as part of a day out with family and friends. Although we are confident you will be able to do the survey without it, we are offering training for those that would feel they would benefit from it, or just find it interesting. Please contact us for a survey pack tailored to sites near you.

4. Forward this web page

Please forward this web page to any friends, family or colleagues that you think might be interested in helping us survey in Suffolk.

Suffolk Wood Pasture and Parkland Map

This map, created by the Suffolk Biological Records Centre, shows where we believe wood pasture and Parkland may remain. These are the sites we want you to tell us about so that we can confirm both their presence, but also their condition. 

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