Citizen Scientist in Grassland Ecology

What are citizen scientists?
Citizen scientists are volunteers from local communities helping scientists with research. We are interested in working collaboratively with volunteers to learn and build on their knowledge of their local environment to improve our understanding of the impacts of drought on plant and tree ecology.

What is the DRY project?
Drought is a normal part of all climates and is likely to become more frequent and more severe in the future. However, many questions about ecosystem responses to climate change and the joint impact of climate, land management, and human activities remain unanswered.

The Drought Risk and You (DRY) project takes a pioneering approach to better understand drought by bringing together a unique blend of science and stories across seven river catchments in England, Scotland and Wales.

What will you do?
Volunteers will help carry out grassland surveys in rainout shelters (structures which stimulate drought conditions) by monitoring changes in grassland species, abundance of wildflowers, phenology of flowering grasses (the study of the timings of naturally re-occurring phenomena), and the number and species of pollinators and invertebrates.

What will you gain?
This is an exciting opportunity to gain valuable experience on a large-scale scientific project, learn  identification skills, about grassland and tree ecology, and the impacts of drought and climate change on the environment.

Volunteers will receive a certificate detailing the number hours spent on the project and essential skills acquired, which are important for many ecological or conservation jobs.

We ask for a commitment of 3 days from volunteers, which can be flexible around your timetable.

Get involved!

Frome River Catchment

Volunteer by undertaking grassland surveys close to the University of West England, Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol, BS16 1QY. Volunteers usually visit the site on alternate Mondays (10am-2pm depending on the tasks).

Upper Don Catchment

Volunteers can help undertake independent grassland surveys close to our field sites in High Bradfield and Ingbirchworth Reservoir. For further information about volunteering in the Don Catchment please email Patty or Sarah using the details below.

Eden Catchment

Volunteers can also help to undertake grassland surveys and phenology observations at sites located close to Foxton in Cupar and Craig Meads Meadow. For further information about volunteering in the Don Catchment please email Patty or Sarah using the details below.

Please contact us if you have any queries or would like to find out more..

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