- Bringing the Outdoors In! Activity Resource Pack – nature activities for indoors, in your garden or in the park.
- HogWatch at Home – help the HogWatch project from home with some fun and simple hedgehog-related activities.
- HogWatch Scotland – How to make a Mammal Footprint Tunnel plus watch the guided video in partnership with Glasgow Science Centre.
- HogWatch Scotland – How to make a Hedgehog Hibernation Home plus watch the guided video
- Dead Good Deadwood Survey and Resources
- A Toolkit to help teachers build Citizen Science into their lessons and other school activities.
- A suite of six Factsheets provide teachers with guidance, ideas and resources covering a range of topics: 1. Soils, 2. Global Footprint, 3. Flooding, 4. Biodiversity, 5. Rivers, 6. Weather, Climate and Climate Change.
- We have a great resource for any students or staff who are interested in building Citizen Science into the Duke of Edinburgh Award. It has loads of ideas for building projects into your volunteering, skills or expedition sections of your award.
- The Seven Lochs Wetland Project has produced six ‘Go Wild’ Activity Sheets and a Full Outdoor Activity Pack to explore and have fun in the area, or a greenspace near you: 1. Scavenger Hunt 2. Pond Dipping 3. Getting Creative 4. This is my Tree 5. Bird Bingo 6. Make a Nature Crown And: Seven Lochs ‘Go Wild’ Full Outdoor Activity Pack
- Open Air Laboratories – Biodiversity Survey Pack – Full downloadable materials (water, soil, pollinators, invertebrates, trees)
Citizen Science and the Community
- We have produced a guide to running Citizen Science activities in your community which you can download here
- Another example of community participation in Citizen Science is our Flooding Resilience Project which involves volunteers in the monitoring of water levels in communities at risk of flooding, which has increased in recent years with more frequent and severe weather events. The Flooding Resilience Project report for 2021/22 outlines how flooding project volunteers are involved in communities in different parts of the country.
- Co-created Citizen Science recording with older people – Kinross Day Centre TCV partnered with Kinross Day Centre and Open University to Co-create a Citizen Science method that fits with the areas of interest and abilities of older volunteers.
- Wildlife recording with volunteers with additional support needs – Cornerstone Galashiels TCV partnered with Cornerstone, Galashiels to learn how to work as a supported group with adults with additional support needs, enabling them to identify and record wildlife.
- Phenology recording with young children – Dobbies, Kinross TCV partnered with Dobbies, Kinross to learn how Citizen Science could be integrated into their Little Seedlings children’s gardening group.
Guidance and ‘how to’
- As part of the Scotland Counts project we have done some research to provide guidance to those seeking to involve volunteers in Citizen Science. It includes ideas on current participation in Citizen Science, motivation of volunteers and practical hints and tips for engaging new audiences.
- Social Media can be invaluable in building communities to support Citizen Science projects. This simple guide gives case studies and practical hints and tips on using social media successfully in Citizen Science.
Videos and presentations
- A Joint Public Briefing on Citizen Science has been published and can be accessed here.
- A report on the influence Citizen Science can have on behaviour change.
- A report with ideas for how Citizen science can fit into existing accreditation awards in Scotland such as the John Muir Award and Duke of Edinburgh Award
- A report provides an introduction to Co-creation and Community Based Environmental Monitoring (CBEM) Citizen Science Pilot projects. The report explains the two types of Citizen Science approach and how they have been piloted in Scotland. Read the report here.
- A ‘Top Tips’ shorter version of the report above is available here.
- As part of Scotland Counts the Citizen Science – Motivations, Progression and Accreditation report provides an insight into Citizen Science motivations, progression routes and investigates whether formal accreditation would benefit Citizen Science participants and add value to the data collected.
- A report provides a brief summary and feedback of the Community River Monitoring Volunteer Project – Monitoring Sediment Movement and Blockages on Hillfoots Burns. This data source will feed into Clackmannanshire Council’s forthcoming Flood Risk Assessment (FRA) options appraisal report for Tillicoultry – a real collaborative approach between Clackmannanshire
Local Biological Record Centres
Local Biological Records Centres are the focal point for recording local wildlife and regularly run training and surveys that locals can join in with. Their staff are extremely experienced and provide support to submit records and develop identification skills.
Biological Recording In Scotland – BRISC is a charitable organisation that promotes the gathering of environmental data in order to increase public awareness about biological diversity in Scotland and to ensure that effective actions are taken to conserve this resource.
Find your Local Environmental Record Centre here
iSpot – Not a survey but iSpot provides peer to peer review of photographs and description of specimens seen in the field. Gives rapid ID for unknown species and builds up your ability and knowledge to confidently spot things yourself.
Online instructions/Simple ID and recording tool/Beginner
iRecord – Not a survey but iRecord provides a way of uploading multiple photographs and details of specimens seen in the field. Mobile App also available turns your mobile phone into a tool for recording on the go.
Online instructions/Recording tool/Comfortable
Links to other Citizen Science projects
There is a Citizen Science project out there for everyone, below is just a few examples of some you can get involved with…
- Database to search for surveys
- Scotland’s Environment project finder
- Community science projects – The National History Museum
- NatureScot website with lots more information and projects to get involved with
- Naturehood is a community project from Earthwatch Europe, working to reverse wildlife decline. It works best when communities work together to create thriving habitats for wildlife. Take part in Citizen Science garden surveys throughout the year.
- TCV worked closely with the OPAL (Open Air Laboratories) project which has completed it’s active period, but there are still loads of great surveys and resources available through Imperial College London to get you involved with Citizen Science.
- Nature’s Calendar
- PTES – There are various Peoples Trust for Endangered Species surveys to record different wildlife species and habitats from stag beetles to hedgerows. You don’t have to be an expert and there’s no big time commitment.
- Wildlife recording – You can help the Scottish Wildlife Trust better understand the wildlife on its reserves by noting down any sightings of unusual, protected or local interest species, or by listing all the species you see when visiting a reserve. Even records of common species can be useful.
- The Scottish Invasive Species Initiative – SISI records sightings of six key species – American mink, Giant hogweed, Japanese knotweed, Himalayan balsam, American skunk cabbage and White butterbur.
- For any other species that are non-native in Scotland you can report them via the the non-native species reporting form on Scotland’s Environment website.
- Bee Watch
- Bug Surveys – Buglife
- Butterfly recording – Butterfly Conservation Trust
- DragonflyWatch – Help the British Dragonfly Society by searching for dragonflies and submitting records of dragonflies and damselflies.
- UKPoMS – UK Pollinator Monitoring Scheme (pollinating insects)
- Shorewatch – Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC)
- Marine Conservation Society
- The Great Nurdle Hunt
- Big Microplastic Survey
- Shoresearch – Shoresearch is The Wildlife Trusts’ national citizen science survey of the intertidal shore.
- Rock pool surveys – The Rock Pool Project provides several surveys to discover and record marine wildlife.
- Riverfly Partnership’s Angler’s Riverfly Monitoring Initiative project (ARMI) is a citizen science initiative where community volunteers are trained to monitor eight groups of freshwater invertebrates on a monthly basis to check for severe changes in water quality, i.e. pollution incidents.
- Big Garden Birdwatch
- Bird surveys – The British Trust for Ornithology has a number of surveys which people can contribute information to, including Garden BirdWatch.
- BIG Hedgehog map
- National Bat Monitoring Programme
- Squirrel sightings – Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels
- Badger sightings – Scottish Badgers
- Monitoring rainfall with SEPA
- Monitor river levels through Scottish Flood Forum
- Met Office Weather Observation Website
- Galaxy Studies – The aim of Galaxy Zoo is for the public to study the shape and form of the galaxies photographed by the Hubble telescope and to classify them.
- British Geological Survey – The BGS website has surveys that the public can input their data into; including App based mobile surveys and historic photograph requests.
- SCAPE – SCAPE works with the public to research, investigate, interpret and promote the archaeology of Scotland’s coast. It aims to save information about Scotland’s archaeological sites before they are lost to erosion. The website gives details of its current projects and opportunities to get involved in recording sites.