Everything we do is possible due to the support and input of an extensive network of volunteers throughout Merseyside. We rely on volunteer groups, amateur naturalists and volunteer recorders as well as citizen scientists. From novice to life-long naturalist, who share their wildlife information with us. We rely on volunteer experts, who may have spent a life-time studying a particular species, to check and assure the quality of data. Data that may then be used by volunteer conservationists or organisations to impermanent conservation action or carry our further research to give us a better understanding to the natural environment.

Underpinning this Merseyside BioBank relies on office based volunteers, the Volunteer Biological Records Officer, to help ensure that we continue to be able to capture and standardise those data so they can be used to their fullest potential through our links to the wider National Biodiversity Network and local decision taking and forward planning process.

Volunteer Biological Records Officer - Records Harvesting

  • Our 'bread and butter' is data and biological records are sent to us in a great variety of formats. This information has to be checked, extracted and reformatted so that it is suitable for use and can be imported into the main database. The Records Harvesting volunteer is our primary office based volunteering role.

  • Without volunteers carrying out this activity the species database is no longer being updated with as much information, particularly priority species data from planning or research, and there is an increasing risk that decisions are based on out of date evidence.

  • This role makes for useful work experience for individuals looking to develop I.T. and computing skills, gain experience in an office environment and learn to recognise and interpret information in technical reports. Requires an eye for detail!

Volunteer Biological Records Officer - GIS

  • Running parallel the need for species data is a developing recognition for the need to have standardised habitat information. For this we need volunteers to capture habitat information to high data quality standards, using recognised survey methodology and GIS software.

  • This data is then used to supplement district scale datasets ensuring that we keep as up to date as possible on the changing status of local habitat telling us what is rare and what is under threat.

  • This is a technical role and volunteers will gain experience in an office based environment, general I.T. and computing as well as training on basic G.I.S. Volunteers are encouraged to develop the role along their own interests.

Merseyside BioBank Active Naturalist

  • Rather than a local group that focused on a site or on a species group MBAN exists to support local biological recording. The group sites alongside specialist natural history groups and many members take an interest in both a specific species and use MBAN membership to develop their skill as a good biological recorder and explore general natural history.

  • Find out more on their Facebook Group or contact us directly and we'll put you in touch.

Volunteer Projects

  • The project office role is available to those volunteers who want to use data or develop an interest that they have. This role may be split between the office and field surveys but is always self-led. Our part in this is to support the activity. Providing data and technical support to enable a volunteer to follow their own Merseyside/Biodiversity related interest. This role works particularly well where a student is taking on Masters Dissertation study or has applied to carry out other funded, biodiversity research.