Field Survey, Waterway Survey and Woodland Survey COVID-19 guidance

Updated 1st April 2021

Field Survey (July) / Waterway survey (August) / Woodland Survey (July to September)

You may take part in the Field Survey, Waterway Survey or Woodland Survey, provided you can do so while complying with government instructions for England, Northern Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Isle of Man, Jersey, Guernsey or Alderney as appropriate, and our survey-specific guidelines below.

The government instructions vary for each country/island, so please ensure you click on the relevant link above and carefully read the current guidance. Please also ensure you follow any local lockdown guidance in your survey area.

You should not feel that you have to carry out surveys this year if you have any concerns about the health and safety of yourself or other people.

Surveying can be carried out as long as you follow the latest government guidelines for the relevant country/island and the following requirements are met:

  • Please do not carry out your surveys if you or anyone in your household is showing symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Please do not carry out your surveys if you have been asked to self-isolate as part of the government's track and trace system and/or if you have been in touch with anyone who has been diagnosed or is showing COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Please do not carry out your surveys if you have any concerns about the health and safety of yourself or others, in particular if you have members of your household in a vulnerable category.
  • Please refer to the health and safety advice in your survey pack and carry out a risk assessment.
  • Please only visit your survey square if is an area you know well and you are certain that you will be able to maintain social distancing while travelling to/from and walking your transect (when doing your daytime recce and also when carrying out your surveys). Please complete a risk assessment to help you ascertain this (see the risk assessment template in your survey pack).
  • If you have any uncertainty about being able to maintain social distancing at all times then please do not survey the site this year.
  • Please liaise with the land owner(s) to ask if they have any concerns about you visiting their land this year, and please respect their wishes.
  • We strongly recommend that you do not use public transport to travel to your site. If this is not possible, please assess your ability to follow current government guidelines and otherwise keep yourself and others safe for the entire journey (both ways). If you are not sure that you can keep yourself and others safe then please do not visit your survey site this year
  • We strongly recommend that your survey buddy is someone from within your own household with whom you do not need to maintain social distancing. This is an important Health and Safety requirement. A survey buddy needs to be able to provide immediate assistance in case of an emergency, which may not be possible under social distancing.
  • If you cannot bring someone from your own household, please ensure you carry out a risk assessment to assess whether it is safe to go ahead with the survey if your survey buddy is someone with whom you need to maintain social distancing (see the risk assessment template in your survey pack).
  • Please ensure you maintain social distancing with anybody you encounter while travelling to/from the site or while carrying out the survey.
  • If your spot counts involve standing in a location where social distancing from other people does not prove to be possible (i.e. passers-by cannot easily walk around you leaving at least a 2 metre gap), then omit this spot when carrying out the survey and tick “spot not surveyed” when entering your data online.
  • If this would involve omitting more than five spot counts from your survey do not undertake your survey, as we will not be able to use your data in our trend calculations.
  • Where possible please do not share equipment.
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