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Guidance on Naturewardening
Thank you for becoming a CityWildlife Naturewarden.
We want to make sure you have fun recording! Before going out to record city wildlife, please make sure you follow these simple guidelines:
- In open countryside, take a map and keep to public Rights of Way and Open Access Land - being a naturewarden is NOT a licence to trespass – abide by the law at all times!
- Make sure you wear appropriate clothing and footwear for your trip. The top of the Downs can be a lot colder and windier than urban Brighton - keep a fold up waterproof with you just in case. Don't forget you can naturewarden in your own back garden too!
- Keep safe - take a friend! Don't go into areas where you feel vulnerable, particularly if they are isolated from view. If naturewardening alone, take a mobile phone with you and let someone know where you are going. Some inner urban areas can have broken bottles, rusty nails and other dangers - if in doubt, keep out, or make your records from a nearby vantage point.
- Be sure to take a paper and pencil with you so you can write down
everything you've seen, ready to enter it onto CityWildlife when you
get to a computer. You'll need to record:
- The date
- Where you were when you made the observation e.g. an Ordnance Survey Grid Reference (find out how to read an OS Grid Reference).
- ... and don't forget the name of the species!