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Surveying and Monitoring

We are keen to ensure that we record everything that finds itself a home at Sun Rising - from the most common dandelions and hawthorns, to the less seldom seen lapwing or tawny pinion moth.

We hold a number of organised Nature Survey days each year.  These are opportunities for individuals to help us document the flora and fauna at Sun Rising - the flowers, grasses and trees, butterflies and beetles, dragonflies and birds, mammal and mammal tracks, the water life, even the myriad fossils, and indeed anything else that can be identified at the site.  Experts and amateurs are all welcome to such days.

There are also regular events during the year specifically for those keen to understand more about nature and Sun Rising.  Our Nature Walks are guided tours around the various habitats, with different plants, trees, butterflies and birds identified.  These are catered towards those who can't walk far or fast, with tours also for those who'd like to explore further.

Now and then, we have specialist events, such as Moth Nights or talks.

Of course, you don't need to attend an organised event to contribute to our surveying.

Whether you are an expert or specialist in one field or another, an enthusiast with a field guide and a love of nature, or a complete beginner, you are welcome to get involved. Help us to document what we have at Sun Rising, and learn something more.

For further information, see our Events page

Ruddy Darter on Rush at Sun Rising
Nature Walk at Sun Rising

Calling all Naturalists!

Naturalists getting involved with Sun Rising are able to witness the gentle transformation from sixteen acres of fairly tatty improved grassland into a vibrant and valuable nature reserve. Furthermore, those who are involved are also able to contribute their expertise, helping to guide the site's development.

If you would like to survey the site, either come along to one of our nature watch events, or let us know when would be convenient.  We can provide maps and data to help with your study and observations.

We are always looking for dipterists and other experts on insects and spiders, as well as those with good knowledge of fungi, lichens and bats. However, all naturalists are more than welcome and anything they can share is enormously appreciated, contributing to the creation of a truly valuable ecological resource in South Warwickshire.

All our records are submitted annually to the Warwickshire Biological Records Centre. A pdf list of our latest annual Flora and Fauna record can be sent on request.

You may be interested to know that we are involved with the Warwickshire County Council and Warwickshire Wildlife Trust LBAPs with respect to various endangered species and habitats. We are happy to co-operate, sharing information, skills and time wherever we can.

Pyramidal Orchid at Sun Rising
Warm Afternoon with Binoculars at Sun Rising