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What species live in your pond? Learn how to protect freshwater wildlife as Wild Volunteers

Islanders are being invited to learn how to become Wild Volunteers. Credit: Waltraud Grubitzsch/DPA/PA Images

Islanders are being invited to learn how to protect freshwater wildlife as Wild Volunteers.

Pondwatch JE 2020 is a free training event taking place on Saturday 25 January for people to discover how to survey Jersey's ponds, detect changes in plants and animals that live in them.

Up to 50 volunteers will be able to receive two levels of training and those attending will not need any previous experience to take part.

The data collected will then be used to assess just how healthy ponds around the island really are.

The event at Grouville School is being organised by The Jersey Amphibian and Reptile Group, Jersey Biodiversity Centre, Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust and the Government of Jersey’s Natural Environment Team.

Training more volunteers and supporting existing volunteers is really important for the government and other environmental organisations.

We rely on the kind support and commitment of Wild Volunteers, who allow us to run more surveys and gain a better understanding of the health of Jersey’s environment so that we can protect it for future generations.

– Nina Cornish, Research Ecologist

Those wishing to take part in the training are being asked to reserve a place online or contact Nina Cornish on 01534 441 624 or n.cornish@gov.je.