Go Wild in Garnock
Have you ever popped out to walk the dog and a spotted mystery bird flitting from tree to tree? Or wondered what that butterfly was as you were out doing a spot of gardening? Well this is your chance to find out! Go Wild in Garnock is all about giving you the skills and tools necessary to become a ‘citizen scientist’ and contribute to our understanding of wildlife in the Garnock Connections landscape.
We are working with the South and West Scotland Environmental Information Centre (SWSEIC) to make it as easy as possible for everyone in the landscape to get involved in wildlife recording. We have our own wildlife recording system set up (you can find this on the I-Record website), we have purchased lots of equipment that people can use to record wildlife, and we are going to be training local community groups in how to collect good data.
Perhaps most exciting of all, over the next three years we will be running a series of training courses in wildlife identification that give you the skills to be able to tell a blue tit from a coal tit, or a field mouse from a bank vole. You can utilise these skills to go out and record wildlife yourself and submit these records through the Garnock Connections page on I-Record. Training events will be advertised through our website and social media accounts so keep an eye out and get involved!
This project is also funded by the Green Infrastructure Community Engagement Fund
Did you know?
If you can already identify some species then you can get involved straight away! Simply register on the I-Record website, search for and join the Garnock Connections activity, then begin submitting your records! You can also download the app to make life even easier.
Photo credit: RSPB images