'The Biodiverse Society' - wildlife counts!

Working in partnership with Merseyside BioBank and LERN (Lancashire Environmental Recording Network) the main focus of The Biodiverse Society is to enhance and update the information on 210 Local Wildlife Sites throughout Lancashire and North Merseyside.

The project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund until October 2017.

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Our LATEST BLOG from the Biodiverse Society project team, which tells you all about the various work and ID our Trainees have been upto... summer surveying season has been in full swing!

The Biodiverse Society Project will:

  • Enhance and update data on Local Wildlife Sites into the future
  • Provide advice to landowners and managers to ensure that Local Wildlife Sites are protected for the future
  • Make a collection of accurate records sustainable into the future
  • Raise awareness and value of Local Wildlife Sites
  • Create a well supported group of wildlife ambassadors for these sites who are equipped with the skills to carry on this essential work into the futures

Volunteer with the Biodiverse Society Project

If you are interested in wildlife surveying & biological recording and want to get to know the green spaces in your local area better, then why not volunteer with the Biodiverse Society Project?

We are recruiting new volunteers to assist in the recording & surveying on Local Wildlife Sites.

Volunteering will give you the chance to meet with other like-minded volunteers, while our informal training sessions offer a great way for you to explore the natural world on your doorstep.

We currently have a specific volunteering opportunity, as we are looking for an Events Co-Ordinator.


You can share your sightings with us on Twitter by using the hashtag #wildlifecounts and follow us to keep up to date with exciting news as the project develops.

Remember to tag @lancswildlife and use #wildlifecounts.



Species to record

Find out 10 very important species we'd like help recording, by clicking here

What is a Local Wildlife Site (LWS)?

There are currently 1216 Local Wildlife Sites (LWS) in Lancashire and 286 Local Wildlife Sites in North Merseyside. From October 2014 to October 2017 the Biodiverse Society Project will focus on surveying and recording 105 of these sites in both regions.

LWS are non-statutory designated sites that have been identified and selected for their local nature conservation value. These sites play a fundamental role for the long term survival of wildlife acting as buffers, stepping stones and corridors between statutory designated areas like Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

In many parts of the UK, they are the principal wildlife resource but as their designation is non-statutory, their only protection comes via the planning system. Sites are selected based on local selection criteria and each system is locally operated and managed often at a county level.

On 22 December 2014, The Wildlife Trusts published two reports: The status of England’s Local Wildlife Sites 2014 and a shorter summary report Secret Spaces: The status of Local Wildlife Sites 2014. The reports are available to download below, just click on the image to do so.


For more information on our Local Wildlife Sites please visit this page.

Get Involved!

Are you interested in surveying or supporting surveyors on your nearest Biodiverse Society LWS? If so, then contact the team:

Joanne Moore, 
Biodiverse Society Project Manager
E: jmoore@lancswt.org.uk 
T: 01772 324 129/07738 545438

Cheryl Knott
Project Officer (Lancashire)
E: cknott@lancswt.org.uk
T: 01772 324 129/07590 745863

Julia Simons
Project Officer (Merseyside)
E: jsimons@lancswt.org.uk
T: 01772 324 129/07740 419183

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