EU-wide monitoring methods and systems of surveillance for species and habitats of Community interest
A research project funded by the European Union 
Participatory Monitoring Networks in Europe

1. Name of Organisation:
Lake District National Park
1a. Your e-mail:
tim.duckmanton@lake-district.gov.uk
2. Organisation address:
Murley Moss Oxenholme Road Kendal LA9 7RL
2a. Country:  
United Kingdom
3. What geographical area does your organisation cover?
An area within a country The English Lake District
A country  
Other countries
4. When did your organisation start?
1954
5. How many paid staff are in your organisation?
101-250
6a. Can members of the public (ordinary people) join your organisation?
Yes
6b. If Yes, how many members of the public (ordinary people) currently belong to your organisation?
251-500
6c. Do members of the public who have joined your organisation pay a membership fee?
No
6d. If some members do not have to pay a fee, please explain why
The Volunteers Service is for volunteers and we support them in our work. The Lake District National Park Authority is also a publicly funded organisation.
7a. What aspects of biodiversity your organisation monitors?
Species
Insects Amphibians Fish Birds Mammals Plants Reptiles
Habitats Lakes, tarns, sand dunes, rivers, woodland, grassland, mire, moorland and gills.
Other Built environment
7b. Please provide a brief description of your organisation's biodiversity monitoring activities.
Carry out monitoring in relation to site management requirements, information relating to development control, surveys, contibution to national (England) monitoring schemes and biodiversity action planning.
8. How long has your organisation carried out biodiversity monitoring activities?
9. Are any of your organisation's monitoring activities carried out in collaboration with another organisation/s?
Yes
10. If Yes, please give the name(s) of the organisation(s)
Cumbria Wildlife Trust, English Nature (Natural England from 2 October 2006), Environment Agency, Freshwater Biological Association, Bat Conservation Trust, Butterfly Conservation, Cumbria County Council, Herpetofuana Conservation Trust, British Trust for Ornithology, RSPB, Forestry Commission,
11. Do you supply or pass on your monitoring data to other organisations?
Yes
12. If Yes, please give the name of the organisation(s)
Cumbria Biological Data Network (which includes the above organisations) via Tullie House Museum (the County Records Centre)
13. Are your monitoring data published in a regular report?
14. Are the report(s) available on the internet?
No
14b. Internet address of report(s):
http://
15. Do volunteers contribute to your organisation's monitoring activities?
Yes
16. Do volunteers have to be members?
No
17. Please estimate the proportion of your organisation's biodiversity monitoring data that is provided by:
(a) Your organisation's staff 70 % 
(b) Volunteers who are members 30 % 
(c) Volunteers who are not members 0 % 
TOTAL 100 % 
18. How long has your organisation used volunteers to assist with monitoring activities?
11-20 years
19. What biodiversity monitoring information does your organisation ask volunteers to collect? Please list this information:
Invasive species, butterfly transects, rare plant population levels, amphibian surveys, lake vegetation surveys, macrophyte surveys in lakes, bat surveys and woodland invertebrate surveys.
20. Does your organisation have enough volunteers for its biodiversity monitoring?
No
21. If no, please explain why
We could always have more people involved. The limiting factor is having enough staff to train and support volunteers.
22. What do you think motivates people to contribute to your organisation's biodiversity monitoring schemes (e.g. hands-on experience)? Please list:
Its different for different people. Comments on our registration forms are; i want to find out more and learn about wildlife, i want to use my experience, i want get experience, i like to know my efforts are helping you make management decisions based on my survey work and knowledge. Many volunteers are also keen to find out about the results of thier project work. Our feedback, thorugh newsletters and meetings, is important to them!
23. What methods does your organisation use to recruit volunteers?
Articles (newspapers, magazines etc.) Advertisements in newspapers, magazines etc.
Internet/e-mail Invitations sent through the post
Word of mouth Open days, workshops, activity days
Radio/T.V. Other
24. Do volunteers receive any financial support (i.e. expense payments)?
Yes
25. What proportion of volunteers have formal environmental training? (e. g. field courses, university degree in biology, ecology etc.)
Less than 25%
26a. Does your organisation provide any training for volunteers?
Yes
26b. If Yes, please describe what training is given to volunteers.
We provide initial learning days and then follow up with a dedicated training session on a variety of monitoring activities. These currently include; bats, butterflies, aquatic macrophytes and invasive species
27a. Does your organisation validate the data received from volunteers?
Yes
27b. If yes, how are the data validated?
Giving volunteers the confidence through the training process and reviewing what they are doing. Essentially staff validate through checking our records from our sites/properties and their own knowledge. County recorders are also asked to validate some data.
28. Does your organisation provide feedback to volunteers who contribute to your organisations monitoring activities?
Yes
Additional comments:
All of our monitoring activities support our Business Plan.
 

 
 Contract number: 006463