If you are interested in developing your skills in conservation, conservation
leadership, or species identification, and would like more information on how or where
to get started at Shotover, then get in touch
PLEASE NOTE that Shotover Country Park is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
and taking biological samples of any kind (for example plant, animal, insect, soil, etc)
is not permitted without the consent of the public authorities. However, subject to
agreement, consent for such activities can be arranged while working in partnership
with Shotover Wildlife.
Species Surveying Opportunities
Listed below (alphabetically) is a selection of the species groups that Shotover Wildlife
can help you with. Binocular dissecting microscopes are available for loan to Shotover
Wildlife members to aid identification work.
For more information see the Shotover Ancient Trees Project
Shotover Wildlife currently operates a number of long-running monthly bird surveys;
however, some of these may be discontinued in the near future. Please get in touch
if you would like to help with bird surveying or survey leadership.
Bryophytes (mosses and liverworts)
If you would like to learn more about this fascinating group of plants, one-to-one field
sessions on bryophyte identification are available from November to March with
Jacqueline Wright, County Recorder of Bryophytes for Oxfordshire and Berkshire.
Guidance is available on the identification of plants, and also advice on the areas of
Shotover where plant surveying would be most useful.
Shotover Wildlife can advise with the sampling and identification of various groups of
invertebrate, as well as getting started in entomology.
Reptiles and Amphibians
Conservation Work Leadership
We are looking for people who would like to have the experience of leading conservation
work sessions at Shotover. You can learn ‘on the job’ with our experienced
conservationists. Please get in touch
you are interested.
Your own project
If you would like to pursue your own wildlife project, or study a particular aspect of
Shotover, feel free to get in touch
see if we can help.