WildWalks is a new website which helps people to record their local wildlife.
WildWalks is a new online wildlife recording system that allows everyone to help Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust to get a better understanding of how wildlife is responding to our conservation work, both on selected nature reserves and in our Living Landscapes.
WildWalks has been developed by The Wildlife Trusts and the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) as a tool to monitor the conservation efforts of the Living Landscape projects. Anyone, whether expert recorders or those with less expertise, can get involved and all records, common and rare, are extremely important. The more we know about our wildlife and how it is responding to our work, the better we can protect and restore it.
Users can log into the system at www.wildlifetrusts.org/wildwalks where walks around Living Landscapes or nature reserves can be created or selected from existing recommendations. Wildlife sightings can then be recorded whilst out enjoying a walk and logged afterwards using the online system. By repeating WildWalks people can collate valuable data that can tell us how wildlife is responding to conservation work.
How to get involved
- Step 1: Register with WildWalks at www.wild-walks.org
- Step 2: Plan your WildWalk – follow our easy-to-use guide
- Step 3: Take note of the plants and animals you see during your WildWalk
- Step 4: Upload your sightings to www.wild-walks.org
- Step 5: Plan a new walk, or repeat your walk, and create new wildlife recordings
Need help with WildWalks?
To help you get the most out of WildWalks we have created the following video guides as well as a downloadable step by step guide for you to use. You can also find some useful information in our Frequently Asked Questions below.
This video explains how to create WildWalks.
Here is a video explaining how to enter data on WildWalks.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Living Landscape?
Living Landscapes is a new way of thinking big about how we manage the land for wildlife, people and the economy. A Living Landscape is an area of land where The Wildlife Trusts are working with partners, landowners and local communities over a landscape-scale. By working together The Wildlife Trusts aim to connect isolated pockets of nature to form a network and help wildlife to recover and thrive across the UK.
Where can I carry out a WildWalk?
The focus of WildWalks is to assess the impacts of our landscape-scale conservation work. As a result, recording of WildWalks has been restricted to areas within The Wildlife Trust’s Living Landscape project areas and selected Nature Reserves. Over time, we shall be adding more recording sites onto the system.
Do I need to register to take a WildWalk?
No, you do not need to be a registered user to take a WildWalk. However, to enter data recorded on your walk and/or to create your own WildWalk you have to be registered user. Registering is free and can be achieved by visiting www.wild-walks.org.uk
Why isn’t there a WildWalk within my local area?
While many local Wildlife Trusts have created WildWalks within their Living Landscapes, not all recording sites currently include a pre-planned WildWalk. We will be adding more WildWalks over the up and coming months.
Why won’t it let me submit a WildWalk that I have created?
In order to submit a WildWalk that you have created, an area of your walk must be (at least partially) within a Living landscape boundary. Please check that your walk meets this criterion before submitting.
What species can I record?
WildWalks is designed to allow multi-taxi recording. This means that all plants, fungi,
insects, birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians seen on your walk can be recorded.
Is there a WildWalks app?
WildWalks is built on an online platform and so, although it is not optimised for mobile devices, it can still be used via mobile providing that you are able to connect to the internet. An app is under consideration once the pilot phase has been completed.