In monitoring biodiversity on your farm, you will begin to notice patterns of diversity, and can learn which farming practices create an environment that attracts birds and insects. Taking the time to stop and notice the wildlife can become a beneficial part of your farming routine, we’ve found it really helps us to farm more in tune with nature – a key part of farming more regeneratively.
How to record biodiversity on Soilmentor:
While on the phone app, click ‘Biodiversity & Fields’, select the field or area you’re in, and then select the group that the species you’ve spotted belongs to – either:
– Butterflies / Moths
You can then select the species you’ve spotted from the dropdown list. The tool is focused on the range of different species of wildlife you can spot, and not the abundances, so you’ll notice there isn’t a built in count setting, but if you’d like to make a note of how many animals you’ve seen, you can add a note. You can also take photos of anything interesting, and record them alongside your observations.
Often biodiversity is found in hedgerows, around ponds and on back lanes – not necessarily in the middle of a field you are sampling! In order to add a new area of the farm you want to record biodiversity in follow this guide.
It’s up to you which method you choose to record your farm’s biodiversity! It can be completely ad hoc – whenever you spot something out on one of your chosen sample fields you can grab your phone and enter what you’ve seen. Or, you may choose to set aside some time to do a biodiversity blitz, and enter all the species you’ve seen after following a protocol.