Northumberland Wildlife Trust is encouraging people in the region to take part in a wildlife survey being run by People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) – one of its partners in wildlife protection.
The 10th annual PTES Living with Mammals Survey is taking place this year between Wednesday 28 March and Tuesday 26 June; volunteers are needed to spend time observing a chosen site for eight or more weeks throughout the survey period and reporting their findings to PTES on line.
The data collected over the past nine years has demonstrated that urban sites provide important habitats for mammals and, as gardens make up between one third and a half of the green space in urban areas, their significance for wildlife is really important. Such information helps PTES and other wildlife organisations such as Northumberland Wildlife Trust plan future conservation campaigns.
Steve Lowe, Head of Conservation at Northumberland Wildlife Trust, said: “City dwellers might consider that the proper place for wildlife is in the countryside, yet the boundaries between town and country are becoming more and more blurred as our city spaces provide an increasingly important haven for wildlife species.
“The decade of detailed fieldwork and analysis by People’s Trust for Endangered Species and its army of volunteers play a vital role in helping organisations, such as ourselves, shape their own conservation efforts.”
To take part in the 2012 Living with Mammals Survey, register on line at www.ptes.org/surveys.