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Following Government advice to stay safe and protect the NHS, we are working hard to continue to deliver for you. Find information here on how to enjoy the National Park virtually, and how our services are operating during this time.

Microvolunteering

Microvolunteering

Microvolunteering gives everyone the opportunity to make a difference in the South Downs.

What is microvolunteering?

Microvolunteering is the best way for people who are looking to help in short, convenient, bite-sized chunks.

Volunteers can make a massive difference to help preserve landscapes, wildlife and cultural heritage in the South Downs National Park.


What can you do?

There are so many easy, on-the-go activities you can do to help care for your National Park, either from your phone or when you’re out and about.

Take a look at some of the microvolunteering activities you can do.


Environmental Monitoring

For general species monitoring we recommend downloading the iRecord app for your phone.

You can submit species records whenever you like.

The records will later be confirmed by the local species expert for your area.

You can also submit your sightings via the iRecord website if you don’t have a smartphone.

  • The Big Butterfly Count

    Take part in environmental monitoring, 2020’s Big Butterfly Count is happening!

    Between 19 July – 11 August take 15 minutes on a walk or in your garden to count the different species or how many of one species of butterfly that you can see.

  • Dragon Finder App

    Once a year help to identify reptiles and amphibians as well as their eggs, larvae and calls.

    With this great app that gives a practical way to help conservation, surveying, data collection and interactive education; allowing you to submit your findings and help conserve reptiles and amphibians in the UK.

  • Mammal Tracker

    Throughout the year, from wherever you like, you can record mammal species in Britain to help document the baseline numbers of species and where they are located.

    The app allows you to take a quick photo when out and will automatically grid reference the data, the app will also teach you about mammal identification.

  • BirdTrack

    BirdTrack provides you the facilities to observe, store and manage your own personal records of the migration and distributions of birds throughout Britain and Ireland as well as them being able to be used at an international scale.

    You can take part in BirdTrack as and when you want. 

  • The beautiful burial ground project

    Research and survey the biodiversity and heritage of your local burial ground, allowing to highlight sites worthy of recognition as local wildlife sites.

    Green Action

    • 2 Minute Clean

      Beach clean, litter pick or path clean, take part when out and about on a dog walk or on the way to work and help reduce the amount of litter dropped.

      After your 2 minute clean try and replace any items you may have collected at home with recyclable alternatives.

    Recreation  

    • Rights of Way Monitoring

      If you’re out walking in West or East Sussex help monitor the rights of way and if you see a bridge with missing deck planks, broken stiles, fallen tree and damaged or missing signs report the issue.


    Want to find out more about microvolunteering in the South Downs?

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