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WildWalks is a new website which helps people to record their local wildlife. It has been developed by The Wildlife Trusts, in partnership with the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO).

...because the more we know about what's happening to our wildlife, the better we are able to protect it.

Please note: To help WildWalks at this early stage, The Wildlife Trusts are welcoming user's feedback on their experience. Please share your thoughts at wildwalks@wildlifetrusts.org.

Take a WildWalk around your local landscape and enjoy the wonders of nature, while helping it at the same time. Note the species and habitats you see and join The Wildlife Trusts in monitoring local wildlife as part of our Living Landscapes initiative.

Championed by The Wildlife Trusts, Living Landscapes is a new way of thinking big about how we manage the land for wildlife, people and the economy. By working on a landscape-scale with partners, landowners and local communities, we are bringing isolated pockets of nature together to form a network and help wildlife to recover and thrive across the UK.

How to get involved

Step 1: Register with WildWalks at www.wild-walks.org

Step 2: Plan your WildWalk – follow our easy-to-use guide

Step 3: Take note of the plants and animals you see during your WildWalk

Step 4: Upload your sightings to www.wild-walks.org

Step 5: Plan a new walk, or repeat your walk, and create some new wildlife recordings

Get walking and enjoy our wonderful wildlife

Using a simple online mapping tool, WildWalks helps you to create walks across local areas where The Wildlife Trusts are undertaking landscape-scale conservation. There are more than 300 sites for you to choose from, with suggested walks from Wildlife Trusts and the ability to map your own.

Record sightings of plants and animals along your WildWalk and help us to build up a picture of how our work to restore nature is affecting local wildlife. If you repeat the walk, and keep noting what you see, you will help us to track how wildlife changes and responds to conservation management over time. This is incredibly important for us to know whether we are achieving our long-term vision for Living Landscapes.

You don’t need to have recorded wildlife before

It doesn’t matter if you’ve never recorded any wildlife before, or if you are a seasoned expert. WildWalks is designed to allow recorders of all abilities to monitor the plants and animals which you feel comfortable with. From wild daffodils to lesser spotted woodpeckers, roe deer to great green bush-crickets, it’s all useful information for conservation purposes. In fact, the wider the range of species we can monitor, the better for assessing the impact of our conservation work.

When you’re out and about, keep your eyes peeled for wildlife. You may want to take a field guide with you, or simply take a photo of what you see to look up later – whatever your method, the records will be useful. You can use our A-Z Wildlife Guide to help you identify the plants and animals you see.

What we will do with your sightings

WildWalks aims to develop our understanding of the impact of our landscape-scale conservation work. It has been put together to help the public get involved in our monitoring work.

Records will be used by local Wildlife Trusts to study the impacts of their Living Landscape schemes. This information will then feed back into the plans and management decisions they make regarding their projects and nature reserves. Ultimately, it will help us to manage our species, habitats and landscapes in a better way.

Local Biological Records Centre will help us to verify sightings. Some records may be submitted to the National Biodiversity Network to support recording on a national scale.

So, enjoy your time out in our wonderful and wildlife-rich Living Landscapes and don’t forget to take a notepad or camera with you – any sightings you can record, whether common or rare, are extremely important to us.

Need help using WildWalks?

No problem, follow the link to our WildWalks help page which includes video demonstrations and a step-by-step guide to help you register and navigate your way around WildWalks. You can also find a selection of frequently asked questions. Alternatively, you can email wildwalks@wildlifetrusts.org and we will get back to you as soon as possible.