Monitoring in situ biodiversity in Serra da Bodoquena National Park

////Monitoring in situ biodiversity in Serra da Bodoquena National Park

Volunteering: Monitoring in-situ Biodiverity in Serra da Bodoquena National Park

Serra da Bodoquena National Park is located in the Southern state of Brazil, Mato Grosso do Sul, its south west boundary forms the border with Paraguay and it also limits with Bolivia on the North West border . This National Park protects the biggest continuous fragment of deciduous forests in Brazil. The unit of the national park where we are working, pioneered the collection of climatic data and biodiversity monitoring systems within Brazilian protetced areas. Therefore this work is part of the well-established annual monitoring routine of the National Park.

The park sits on an extensive area of limestone mountains, which differ greatly from surrounding areas, providing home to rich and unique flora and fauna. The high solubility of these rocks in an area of high annual precipitations, has made possible the formation of an intricate system of caves as well as underground rivers and lakes, adding peculiar features to this magnificent landscape.


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In this program you will gain field research skills in monitoring and data collection of several biological groups: large and medium size mammals, birds, butterflies and woody plants. You will also learn how to collect geographic data and use the database to record all data collected in the field.

You will receive all necessary training to undertake the required research.

  • Opportunity to develop field research and data collection skills in several biological groups: mammals, birds, butterflies and plants.
  • Opportunity to undertake data entry using the database employed to record data from field research.
  • Opportunity to learn how to use GPS to collect field data.
  • Receive the necessary training to understand and put theory into practice of the complete circle of biodiversity monitoring: moniotring and survey methods, data collection in the field and data entry in the database, with explanation of how the data is used to inform natural resources management in protected areas.
  • Improve employability and future career prospect.
  • Obtain work reference and or credits for current degree

You have a choice of accommodation: camping in tents or hotel standard accommodation. For info on the specific project please see here.

– Accommodation and food as requested.

– Permit to access the protected areas where the research takes place.

– Required research permit (according to species legislations).

– Necessary training to undertake the field research you have chosen.

– Use of facilities and tools from the research station.

– 24 hours helpline, to help resolve any issues that might arise.

Please check our Travel Advice page for visas, travel, and health and safety advice, and please consult our Terms and Conditions before booking. Please note we are currently taking expressions of interest in this programme.

This project has two options:

  • Monitoring Butterflies (March-April)
  • Monitoring Vertebrates (July-August)                                       Prices from

2 weeks   3 weeks    4 weeks   5 weeks   6 weeks

£450          £670         £ 885         £1110           £1329

During the field work in this project you may be required to stay in the field in tents or in basic accommodation. During your stay in town and office work  you have a choice of accommodation (subject to availability) self catering or B&B. The food during the field expeditions is provided by the park Authority, which also provides the transport during the field work.