Andover Young People Community

Harmony In Nature: Exchange update

Written by Alex Marshall

The Andover Trees United Youth Team had a camping trip in Harmony Woods last weekend where they undertook a bat survey and they also set-up a moth trap.

Previously they have carried out various day-time based activities – tree identification, wildflower and bird surveys and setting camera traps – however, the team were really interested to see what sort of wildlife they would find at night!

The results were very exciting; we identified several species of moth, which are new to our records, including the very cool buff-tip moth.

And we can also now say for certain that there are bats present in Harmony Woods!

The data collected goes towards ATU’s on-going wildlife monitoring database and will be shared with national databases, too.

We are currently recruiting participants for our 2021 cohort. Participants must be 14-17 and committed to the project.

The programme includes:

  • monthly activities in the woodland focused on woodland management, ecology and conservation
  • work on your own mini research project
  • monthly virtual meets to discuss progress and put together findings to share with our partner organisation based in Costa Rica, the Corcavado Foundation
  • exchange communication with young people from Costa Rica
  • volunteer additional time at ATU events and/or workdays
  • Year 1: gain a Junior Forester’s award & John Muir Discovery award
  • Year 2: support year 1 participants and gain experience organising ATU events
  • End of year 2: potential to volunteer in Costa Rica
  • Participants automatically join the ATU youth team – a Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots affiliated group

To find out more please email project ecologist, Alex Marshall.