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Press release: Take time for wildlife this Bank Holiday and Summer

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Whether you have ten minutes, a couple of hours or a whole Bank Holiday weekend free, why not spare some of your time for wildlife by taking part in a nature survey run by People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES)?

You can choose from a number of surveys, where you can participate in your own back garden, in the countryside or even on the road, according to the time you have available. Regular and systematic wildlife monitoring is crucial to knowing when and where conservation action is necessary and whether it’s being effective.

Hunt for stags – from 10 minutes…

Add your stag beetle sightings to the annual Great Stag Hunt

Spot our mammals, dead or alive – from an hour…

Start the Living with Mammals survey by Monday 4 May and pick a site to observe for a little time each week until the end of June, such as your garden, allotment, local churchyard or park, and note any mammals you see or signs they leave behind.

If you are getting away this summer by car, record mammals you see dead or alive on the road with the free PTES Mammals on Roads app available from Google Play and the App Store. Each car journey must be 20 miles or more in one day – perfect for those summer holiday getaways!

Monitor endangered species – from a few hours a day…

Join in the National Hedgehog Survey anytime during the period May to September, and help PTES find out more about this prickly, but iconic creature and the threats it faces. You will need to commit to monitor 10 footprint tunnels over five consecutive nights in a 1km square that will be allocated to you.

PTES launched the first National Water Vole Monitoring Programme this spring. Register before Friday 1 May if you would like to help survey one 500m length of riverbank at an allocated site, during this month. Full guidance will be given upon registration to help you record all water vole field signs that you see.

Download the free PTES Orchard Mapper app for iPhone and Android to survey orchards already mapped by the charity and add additional ones that you find.

Jill Nelson, CEO of PTES says: “Taking even just a little time out to record signs of wildlife is a thoroughly enjoyable thing to do and the data you collect will make a real difference to wildlife conservation. If we don’t look out for the natural world it will disappear before our eyes.”

For further information on the start and end date of any of the PTES surveys and how to take part, visit

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About PTES
PTES is a UK conservation charity created in 1977 to ensure a future for endangered species throughout the world. Working to protect some of our most threatened wildlife species and habitats, it provides practical conservation support through funding research and internships; providing grant-aid for world-wide and native mammals species conservation; supporting education, training and outreach programmes; and driving public participation via wildlife monitoring surveys, publications, campaigns and events. Priority species and habitats include hazel dormice, hedgehogs, water voles, noble chafer and stag beetles and traditional orchards and native woodlands.

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