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Citizen Science – Community River Monitoring Volunteer Project

Citizen Science - Community River Monitoring Volunteer Project

As part of our Scotland Counts programme we’ve produced a report – on the data collected from our Citizen Science ‘Community River Monitoring Volunteer project’ – Monitoring Sediment Movement and Blockages on Hillfoots Burns in partnership with Clackmannanshire Council.  

This report provides a brief summary and feedback of the project and presents the data collected by the Community River Monitoring volunteers and this data source will feed into Clackmannanshire Councils forthcoming Flood Risk Assessment (FRA) options appraisal report for Tillicoultry.

This illustrates how citizen scientists can collect and generate useful data for the Council and feed … Continue reading

Update: The Dead Good Deadwood Survey

Update: The Dead Good Deadwood Survey

A new Citizen Science survey is in its last stages of development before being release to the world (hopefully!) It is of course, The Dead Good Deadwood Survey. The aim of the survey is to increase knowledge and understanding of the importance of deadwood to enable community woodland groups to make sustainable decisions for their woodland management. The survey not only focuses on deadwood but also allows participants to record its associated wildlife. Whether you are part of a community woodland group looking to improve your woodland, or simply a nature enthusiast wanting to get outside, this survey is a … Continue reading

The Dead Good Deadwood Blog: What’s so good about deadwood?

The Dead Good Deadwood Blog: What’s so good about deadwood?

TCV is currently working with the Forestry Commission Scotland as part of the Scotland Counts Project to produce a new Citizen Science project all about Deadwood! How exciting! This first blog will give you a bit of background information about deadwood and why it needs our help 🙂

So what exactly is Deadwood? And why is it dead good?

Deadwood is a tree or part of a tree that has died and is in a stage of decomposition.

Here are five different types of deadwood (figure 1):

Deadwood is extremely important to the health of woodlands … Continue reading

Five things our volunteers have done so far….

Bracken bashing

Why control bracken? This rapidly growing fern provides a great habitat for many birds and insects but it will invade heather and other grassland areas that are of conservation interest. TCV Stirling volunteers have spent ++ number of days ++ helping stop dense clumps of bracken spreading to adjoining grass and heather at ++ locations? ++ . The trick is to bash it really hard near the base stem with a big stick. ++ photos of bracken here ++

Himalayan Balsam clearing.

This is a plant that produces lovely pink flowers that hum with bees seeking the high … Continue reading