What is the Biodiverse Society Project
A partnership project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The partnership consists of the Lancashire Wildlife Trust, as the coordinator, lead and host for project staff covering Lancashire. Lancashire Environmental Records Network as the centre for environmental information in the Lancashire County and Merseyside BioBank/Merseyside Environmental Advisory Service as the host for project staff covering North Merseyside and as the centre for envronmental information in the North Merseyside region.
What the project will do
The main focus of The Biodiverse Society, is to enhance and update the data on Local Wildlife Sites throughout Lancashire and North Merseyside and to make the collection of accurate data sustainable into the future, creating a well supported new cohort of ambassadors for wildlife sites, equipped with the skills to carry on this essential work into the future.
The project is absolutely crucial to help us carry out the following aims:
- Understand better the value of Local Wildlife Sites, their place within ecological networks and enable active protection and enhancement of our most precious sites of wildlife importance.
- Enable Local Naturalist Groups, volunteers and community groups alike to get actively involved in recording wildlife on their nearest Local Wildlife Site, encouraging ownership of these sites and the ability for long term monitoring
- Support Local Naturalist Groups to share their expertise and recruit new members, ensuring that these groups continue to carry out essential monitoring work long in to the future
- Encourage new audiences to take an active role in recording their local wildlife
- Providing opportunity for graduates to gain necessary skills and experience and help them into a relevant career within conservation
The aims of the project will be achieved through engagement and activities in North Merseyside and Lancashire. These will be delivered by a team comprising of a Project Manager and two regional Project Officers (one North Merseyside and one Lancashire).