Forth Nature Counts
The Inner Forth is a fantastic area for wildlife. We would like your help to build our understanding of the diversity, abundance and spread of plants and animals that are found here.
- Would you like to make your wildlife sightings count? Sign up to use the Forth Nature Counts iRecord form and submit your records.
- Could you help us to record locally scarce or under recorded species? Look out for our monthly target species to record on social media, or download the poster each month from the 'downloads' section of this page.
- Would you like to brush up on your ID skills? Book onto IFLI's Wildlife Identification & Survey Skills Workshops. (2018 dates now online)
- Would you like to develop your moth id skills? Check the IFLI events calendar for dates during June, July and August 2017.
Survey and Identification Skills Workshops for 2018
January to March 2018 workshops are now listed on the IFLI events calendar and bookings can be made by contacting [email protected] or calling 01324 831 568. The poster below gives a flavour of what we held in 2017. As new sessions are added throughout the year please browse our events calendar for up to date listings. All workshops are free of charge thanks to the way that the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative is funded by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Forth Nature Counts on iRecord
Thanks to our friends at Buglife Scotland, the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative is on iRecord. If you have any nature records that you have made in the local area (and you aren’t already submitting them to the NBN via other means) then it would be great if you would give Inner Forth form a go and share it with anyone else who might be interested!
Enter your records at: http://www.brc.ac.uk/irecord/enter-inner-forth-records
If you bump into the IFLI team, ask for a handy card to note down your iRecord login details or download the card and 'how to' guide from the documents section below.
There are different ways to take part as a volunteer:
1. Decide on a location to record in – perhaps this is your cycle to work or school, where you walk your dog, the extent of your garden or the area you can see from your window at work. Most important is to keep a list of what you have seen, when this was and where you took the records. Add these details to the Inner Forth Nature Counts recording sheet on the iRecord website. It can be found here: http://www.brc.ac.uk/irecord/enter-inner-forth-records
2. Each month we promote a short list of 3-4 species for your to target your recording activity on. Keep an eye out for one or more of these locally scarce or under recorded species and add your records to our iRecord form. Whilst we are most interested in records from the Inner Forth area, you can use our iRecord form to enter records from anywhere in the UK. http://www.brc.ac.uk/irecord/enter-inner-forth-records
3. Sign up as a formal volunteer to carry out an IFLI Survey Walk on one of six sites. This volunteer vacancy is currently full. These circular walks of 2-3km in length are designed to cover a range of habitats and can be walked by experienced naturalists and those looking to build their knowledge or give citizen science a go! We ask that you commit to undertaking the Survey Walk 4-5 times during the year, making wildlife records along the route, then upload your records to the Inner Forth Nature Counts form on iRecord. The Survey Walks have been set up on the the following sites to date: Fallin Bing in Stirlingshire; Kinneil Local Nature Reserve in Falkirk; Kinneil Estate in Falkirk; Valleyfield Woodland Park in Fife; Black Devon Wetlands in Clackmannanshire, Devilla Forest in Fife. Details of this IFLI volunteer vacancy can be found here: http://www.rspb.org.uk/joinandhelp/volunteering/details.aspx?id=7539# Contact the IFLI team if you are interested.
Forth Nature is being counted! Summary of activity between May 2014 & September 2016:
Forth Nature Counts in 2015, a review...
In September 2014 we launched the Inner Forth Nature Counts form on iRecord, ready for wildlife records to be inputted over the winter months. Over the next 12 months volunteers added a fantastic 4,615 wildlife records covering 518 species. 79.7% of records were inputted using our form, rather than the standard iRecord interface.
In 2015 we ran sixteen free wildlife ID workshops for 144 attendees. Workshops covered wading birds, fungi, wildflowers, invertebrates and trees. The evaluation forms collected gave us some areas to improve on (toilets and the occasional cramped room), but also showed that the sessions were enjoyable, the workshop leads hugely knowledgable and personable and that attendees were keen for more.
We also launched Survey Walks on five IFLI sites with the aim of offering volunteers the opportunity to improve their ID skills and get to know an IFLI project site in all seasons. Our volunteers have been fantastic and have generated many of the records inputted to our iRecord page. We hope they will stay involved with us next year and know that many are picking up new skills.
A huge thank you to everyone who has taken part so far, to our volunteers, workshop leads, attendees, and everyone who has shared a wildlife sighting with us.
If you have a question about this project, please contact Kate Fuller, IFLI Community Engagement Officer on 01324 831 568 or [email protected]