ISLANDERS are being asked to gather data about reptiles in their area to help their assess conservation status, distribution and habitat requirements.
The data collected during the Reptilewatch Project will be added to historic information and used to evaluate trends and actions necessary to conserve protected species in Jersey.
According to interest, experience and availability, Islanders have the option of three different ways to participate in the campaign:
Level 1 – spend 30 minutes looking for reptiles (no experience or training is required)
Level 2: Wall lizard – carry out six visual surveys, at 30 minutes each (no experience needed, but training is required).
Level 2: Widespread – carry out six visual surveys along a transect at one to two hours each (no experience needed, but training is required)
The free training event is due to take place on Saturday at Les Creux Bowls Club between 10am and 4pm.
Islanders are encouraged to attend to develop their knowledge of reptiles, become a trained ‘wild volunteer’, and access other Wild about Jersey schemes.
Senior environment officer in biodiversity, Liz Walsh, said: ‘This year is Reptilewatch’s fifth anniversary, so I’d really like to increase the participation rates – particularly for Level 1, which doesn’t require any experience or training.
‘Reptilewatch is open to everyone, and participation doesn’t need to be a huge commitment. In fact, it’s a great way for Islanders to connect to nature and appreciate their surroundings, as well as supporting the conservation of our reptiles inhabiting Jersey.’
She added: ‘We rely on the kind support and commitment of our volunteers, who allow us to run more surveys and gain a better understanding of Jersey’s environment, so that we can protect it for future generations.’
Those wishing to attend can reserve their place on the Reptilewatch JE training 2023 Eventbrite page, where they can also view the training day schedule.