Two weeks ago I discovered a fantastic citizen science project organised by Cornell University called Habitat Network
Its aim is to encourage people and communities to make maps of their gardens to show the diversity of habitats for plants and animals.
Todate over 30,000 sites have been mapped in the USA. But the project is open to anyone and the online habitat mapping tool they provide can be used by anyone anywhere in the world.
I loved the idea.. As a former geologist I love maps and I love making maps. There is something about making or using them that stimulates my imagination. They force us to interpret the symbols, colours and codes in the map image to make something meaningful. They also provide us with a big picture synthesising lots of information which our imagination can assimilate and use.
So I have made my initial habitat map using the tool and over the next few months I will add detail to it as I discover more about my garden.
Surrey Living Landscape
My personal project connects to Surrey Wildlife Trust's living landscape project which aims to support and increase the biodiversity of the countryside in my county. The trust supports a number of conservation projects and their key idea is to link these conservation sites along corridors that facilitate the movement of species.
The strategy developed by the SWT enables me to locate my project within a community project to sustain the landscape I inhabit.