|Posted by LisaP on June 18, 2010 at 6:58 AM|
The Survey of the numbers of horses that North Cheshire Riders carries out every few years will run in June and July. I hope that members will be able to help.
Genni Butler, (Acting) Countryside Access Development Officer
Cheshire East Council wrote:
‘I write to say thank you to the North Cheshire Riders for offering to conduct a survey of horse population on a 1km grid location basis. This information will be very useful in the collation of data for the Rights of Way Improvement Plan that is presently being revised for Cheshire East. The survey data that you provided for the first Improvement Plan was a key source and the updating of this information, together with the possibly expansion of the survey area will again provide us with information that we don’t currently have and which we cannot obtain from elsewhere. With this information we will be much more able to understand the demand for equestrian demand in the area and target improvements accordingly’.
As an indication of the importance attached to the survey in guiding the upstaged Rights of Way Improvement Plan, Genni has arranged for volunteers conducting the survey to receive mileage expenses. Volunteers using vehicles over 1,200cc will receive 60.1 p per mile. Mileage will be paid from the centre of the area as most members keep their horses there so they can start from that point. Just logging horse numbers and locations as you travel between home and stables will be a big help.
Surveyors will have an enlarged copy of a section of the Ordnance survey map to record locations and numbers plus a sheet for listing details. I have just conducted a test in Mobberley where this worked well.