Surveying Land and Wildlife

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Intrepid volunteers are mapping out how Southend land is used and where wildlife likes to live.

Their findings will be compared with a 1990s survey to see how much the borough’s land has changed, to measure the health of habitats and discover whether biodiversity has grown or shrunk.

The results will be used for a special Council report on the State of Nature.

This will give the vital evidence needed to help with future decisions about management and development.

The 12 eager volunteer surveyors have been invited to a thank you event at Porters, the residence of the Worshipful the Mayor of Southend, on Tuesday 2nd August, but there is still a chance for even more people to join their task.

Executive Councillor for Culture, Tourism and the Economy, Councillor Ann Holland said: “We are really grateful to those who have given up their time so far to take part in this fascinating project.

“There is still more work to do over the summer so we would love to hear from any other residents who would like to help out too.

“It is part of a nationwide State of Nature report launched in 2013 by 25 conservation and research organisations to give an objective overview of how British wildlife is doing.

“The plan is to produce more ‘State of’ reports in future to help build a better picture and monitor changes more closely.

“Those who volunteer for this scheme don’t need any experience, but would just need to attend a one-day training course in preparation.

“They would then be given a map of the area to focus on, and would be able to carry out the survey in their own time.”

For more information or to volunteer for the project, please contact: Louiseel-zaher@southend.gov.uk or visit the website for more information.

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