Sunset/Sunrise Survey COVID-19 guidance

Updated 1st April 2021

Sunset/Sunrise Survey (April-Sept)

Please ensure you are complying with current government instructions for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, 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.

Currently this survey should ideally be carried out at home, looking out for bats and other nocturnal wildlife in your own garden (or from your window or balcony).

You can also carry out the survey away from your household if permitted by current government instructions for where you live (see links above). You should only go to locations which are:

  • Close to home (short walking distance)
  • Familiar to you and safe to walk after dusk or before dawn
  • Public open spaces (or if private land then you have permission to be there)
  • Not too busy with other people so that social distancing is easy to maintain

If surveying away from your household you should not survey alone - bring friends/family with you, ensuring you maintain social distancing where required.

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