Current Citizen Science Surveys

Help us to record how many species of interest from the Biodiversity Action Plan are in the area. All information collected will help us better support these species. Record any sightings of key species so we have a better understanding of species Abundance and Distribution. Help us better understand the habitats available to wildlife in the area. Record all different types of habitats you have in your Private Garden. For example log piles, short grass, bird boxes, flower beds (description of flower types is useful), pots, vegetable plots etc...

How to take part?

Download the Species Survey recording sheet and fill in your location and the date and number present of any sightings. Familiarise your self with what each species looks like using the guides below.For the bee species you can either record general groups, Honeybees, Bumblebees and solitary bees or you can use the information provided to try to identify the exact species of bee seen.  Record any other information that you think we might like to know about  and please return any data collected via email to our Nature conservation manager - Fran Batt

How to take part?

Download the Private Garden Habitats recording sheet (tab 2) and fill in your location and all habitats available in your space. Give as much information as possible in the description. Record any additional information that you think we might like to know about and please return any data collected via email to our Nature conservation manager - Fran Batt

Recording Sheet Recording Sheet

Identification guides

Species of interest

Pollinators (bees)

Bumblebee ID guide 

More information about the surveys...


What is citizen science?

Citizen science is the practice of public participation and collaboration in scientific research to increase scientific knowledge. Through citizen science, people share and contribute to data monitoring and collection programs.

Why is it useful?

citizen-science allows us to capture more or more widely spread data. It also allows us to collect data that we might not otherwise be able to collect, such as information about private gardens. 


Why have these species been chosen?

As part of the Richmond Biodiversity Partnership the Trust has supported the development  of the Biodiversity action plan. As part of this plan there are particular species which have been identified as priority species. 

The protection and appropriate management of a habitat should generally ensure the survival of individual species associated with that particular habitat. However, some species have reached such critically low levels in their population numbers that they require specific attention. Conservation action to conserve priority habitats and species will also have beneficial effects on other species, for example through protecting their natural habitats, food sources etc. which, although not considered a priority now, may well become so in the future without appropriate management.

The UK Steering Group has produced guidelines for selection of species needing protection, which are as follows:

  • All priority species. Conservation action at the local level will contribute to national species
  •  Those facing local decline.
  • Those that can be used to raise the profile of biodiversity in the public eye.
  • Those that are characteristic of the borough.
  • Those that serve as good indicators of habitat quality.

Using this criteria, the following species have been identified as being of particular priority and a Species Action Plan has been developed for each of them in the 2019 plan:

Bats, Black poplar, Hedgehogs, House sparrow, Song thrush, Stag beetle, Swift, Water vole, White-letter hair streak butterfly and Pollinators

Find out more about the Biodiversity Action Plan on our Partner Charity SWLEN's website. 

What will we do with the data?

The data will give us better understanding of the current abundance of species across the area. It will help us to better support the species in the future and will enable us to see if our work to support the wildlife of the area is effective. 

Why do we need to know where you are doing the survey?

This helps us to determine distribution of species and helps to identify patterns in location. It also gives us a better understanding if we know the type of space you are surveying. For example comparing balcony results to garden results. 


Why do we need to know about garden habitats?

Private gardens make up a large part of the green space in south west London. By understanding the habitats present in these areas it will help us to understand species distribution and how we can best support biodiversity across the area. 

Why do we need to know where you are doing survey?

This helps us to determine distribution of habitats and will help us to compare it to species data. 

Thank you for taking part in our Citizen Science Projects. For more information please get in touch.