As part of our work to get everyone from individuals to schools, from families to community groups involved in Citizen Science we have produced a number of resources and guides which are available to download here:
- 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
- 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.
- A Community guide to find out everything you need to get your community involved in Citizen Science projects.
- 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