Structure of ecology groups

  • The structure and format of Ecology Groups is part of a sustainable approach to coordinating volunteers across Kent.
  • Ecology Group members are encouraged to volunteer as part of a team on reserves and Living Landscapes in their locality, maximising the logistical and environmental sustainability of their participation.
  • Volunteers are recruited from local communities, and trained locally where possible.
  • Volunteers will be able to take part in training opportunities, which will target the development of specific skills required for particular monitoring projects most useful to Kent Wildlife Trust management objectives.
  • There is no subscription fee, instead volunteers give their time over a number of days each year, to actively contribute to the successful completion of monitoring projects.
  • The main activity of Ecology Group members is to carry out monitoring project fieldwork: site visits to gather biological data.
  • Fieldwork will follow standardised habitat, species, and site-specific protocols produced and updated by the Biodiversity Information Officer.
  • The Biodiversity Information Officer maintains the Reserves (and Living Landscapes) Annual Monitoring Programme (RAMP) and manages each group, with the assistance of Ecology Group Project Leaders.
  • Ecology Group volunteers will also help collate and input data into electronic format, feeding it back to the Biodiversity Information Officer, who is the point of contact between the volunteers and the rest of the reserves department.
  • Ecology Group Leaders are recruited from the general Ecology Group membership, and will in part be self-selecting; those key volunteers with interest, time and dedication to take on project leadership.