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Surveying, Data and Mapping

Using GPS - Credit Claire Jackson

The data we collect and receive helps us to inform decision-making, education and research.

What is surveying and why do we do it?

Surveying is essentially recording what is found on a site, usually a survey focuses on a particular group or species. Surveys are carried out for many different reasons but usually it’s to find out what is present, be that a habitat or a species and from this, further surveys can look at changes in those species or habitats over time. This can help us deduce if there has been a change in the populations or community structures on the site and establish whether this is due to the effects of management or natural variation. 

Surveys on species groups such as birds, invertebrates, protected species and plants are important for establishing if habitats are supporting the species that it should be, i.e. is it in good condition. This is where volunteers, rangers and you, become invaluable. And you can get the satisfaction of knowing you have created a dot on a map and are helping preserve species and their habitats.

We would like to encourage the reporting of species sightings from the wider Yorkshire region which you can submit to us by emailing them to us here or, if you are a member of a local group or consultancy, via your Local Records Centre (LRC).



         Credit Richard Whitcombe            Credit  Martin Batt            Credit Bob Coyle



Click here for information on our Data Policy or click for a copy below. For more information on the Trusts Data Policy or any questions regarding biological data, data management, GIS, or mapping within the Trust, please contact Wildlife Data Officer Phillip Whelpdale .


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Data Terms & Conditions729.47 KB
GIS Metadata363.83 KB
Yorkshire Wildlife Trust Data Policy688.71 KB