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    Garnock Connections

    Connecting people and places within the Landscape

Bioblitz FAQs

Not sure what a bioblitz involves? Wondering how you can take part? Check out our Bioblitz FAQ page, created by our Wildlife Recording Assistant Miriam, for help getting started. 

What is a bioblitz?

A bioblitz is a wildlife recording event which brings together scientists, natural history experts and beginners to find and identify as many species of plants, fungi and animals as possible. But for our Go Wild in Garnock Bioblitz, we’re not just looking to record as many species as we can – we’re also looking to involve as many people as we can! That’s where you come in.

How can I get involved?

Whether you’re a beginner or an expert in wildlife recording, getting involved in a bioblitz is easy. You can look for wildlife in your garden, from your window or doorstep, or in your local park – you don’t have to be somewhere ‘wild’ to find valuable records. In fact, every record submitted is valuable! We’ll be posting links to loads of resources on social media and on this website to help you with every stage of the bioblitz process, so keep your eyes peeled.

I’ve never done any wildlife recording before. Can I still join in?

Yes! Absolutely. Go Wild in Garnock is all about helping everyone, regardless of their experience, get involved in wildlife recording. We have plenty of resources for people of all levels of expertise, including identification guides and spotters sheets specifically for beginners. If you’re still not sure how you can join our bioblitz event, feel free to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 07720 899 688 and Miriam will be happy to help you find a recording activity that’s right for you.

How can I submit my records? 

You can send records to us by email, social media, text or submit directly into iRecord. Whichever way you choose, your findings will be added to our running total and count towards our goal of reaching more than 250 wildlife records. 

What information do I need to provide?

The main points are the species, the location and the number you've seen. If you know the grid reference of the location, that's amazing, but even just the address is fine. Rest assured your address will not be made public anywhere.

So for example: 2 blue tits in my garden at 123 Example Street.

Feel free to send more information as well though. We'd love to know what the wildlife is doing or what time you saw it. And pictures are always most welcome.

How do my records help?

Records from the bioblitz will be entered into the database for the Garnock Connections project landscape. Each record contributes to a ‘big picture’ of the distribution of wildlife, and this information is used by conservation organisations, councils and other groups working to protect nature.

Our partners at South West Scotland Environmental Information Centre are helping to collate wildlife records gathered by Go Wild in Garnock. View an interactive map of all the records submitted during the Garnock Connections project so far here

Where can I find out more about wildlife recording? 

Want to find out more about wildlife recording? Check out our Go Wild in Garnock project page, which has links to lots of resources as well as information about different citizen science surveys and using our project activity on iRecord, our wildlife recording database. 

 

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