Species Surveying Opportunities Other Opportunities

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 with us.

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.

Ancient trees

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. Contact Jacqueline.


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 if 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 and see if we can help.