What: We are looking for volunteers to help us map and record the hawthorns across Richmond Park. We know that we have many Hawthorns in Richmond, but not all of them are accurately mapped, or recorded at all. We need help to bridge those gaps in our database. This survey is part of Mission: Invertebrate, a Royal Parks Project that aims to further understand, celebrate and protect the invertebrates that are in our parks and beyond! Find out more about us here.
Hawthorn is an incredibly important species within the Parks. Hawthorn can support hundred of insects. It is the foodplant for caterpillars of many moths, and provides nectar and pollen for pollinating insects. The haws are rich in antioxidants and are eaten by many migrating birds as well as small mammals. The dense thorny foliage makes fantastic nesting shelter for many species of bird.
Introductory training: Tuesday 14th May 2pm
Survey: This is a simple and easy survey so after you are comfortable with the protocol you will be assigned an area to map in detail. This can be done ad hoc and in your own time until the area is completed.
Who: This opportunity would suit anyone with an interest in nature. Training will be provided.
How: You can sign up now via the Volunteer Hub by clicking here.