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Our freshwaters and seas are generally in good condition, and there have been significant reductions in pollution over the last 25 years. There are still problems resulting in the loss of habitat and wildlife (both current and historic) and from water pollution, predominantly from excessive amounts of nutrients entering the water.

Floods and droughts can damage our economy and wildlife and affect our health and wellbeing.

The Environmental Science and Biology ‘codes’ underneath each link refer to the Higher and National 5 Resource guides produced by Education Scotland. These can be accessed in the ‘Resources’ section of bit.ly/glowsciences (N.B. you will need a glow log in to access.)

The Geography ‘codes’ listed below will link to the SQA Unit Specifications.

Early & first level

 

Information

 

Have a go

  • AquaInvaders - Are there invaders in your local river or burn? Some newts, frogs, crayfish and mussels aren’t native to Scotland. Help record where they are using this app.
  • iDee - Help to record information about the River Dee. How is it flowing? Is the water level high? Can you see algae?
  • OPAL - Water survey - What is the water quality like near you? Use this survey from OPAL to find out more.
  • The great nurdle hunt - Look for nurdles on your local beach you can have fun and help show the local plastics industry their impact on the River Forth.
  • Big pond dip - The big pond dip survey involves looking at garden and school ponds to see how good they are for wildlife.
  • Scottish dragon finder - The Scottish dragon finder needs you to look for amphibians and reptiles.
  • Big spawn count - Use this app to record the spawn of amphibians in garden and school ponds.

Second, third, fourth & senior levels

 

Data

  • Bathing waters - Find out about the quality of bathing water in your area. 
  • Status of Scotland's rivers and canals - 2012 data & Number and area of Scottish lochs - Status of Scotland’s rivers and canals and areas of Scottish lochs. Click on the diagrams to view a larger version.
  • Improvements in water quality - Graph to show the length of Scotland’s rivers at each category of pollution. What do you notice about the trend over the past 20 years? Click on the diagram or graph to view a larger version.
  • Atlantic salmon production - 2000 - 2012 - How has Scotland’s salmon industry changed over the past 2 decades? Click on the graph to view a larger version.
  • Rainbow trout production - 2000 - 2012 - How has Scotland’s trout industry changed over the past 2 decades? Click on the graph to view a larger version.
  • Shellfish production - 2003 - 2012 - Production numbers for shellfish and mussels have changed since 2003. Are these changes caused by environmental or economic changes? Click on the graph to view a larger version.

 

Maps

  • Overall status of lochs - Do you have a loch near you? How healthy is the water there? Click on the map to view a larger version. 
  • Overall status of rivers and canals - 2012 data - This map shows the quality of all of the rivers and canals across Scotland. Click on the map to view a larger version.
  • Coastal and river water quality in your area - Do the rivers near you have good or poor water quality? Why do you think this is? What affects the quality of the water?
  • Coastal water quality in your area
  • Scotland's coastal and estuarine waters - Scotland’s seas cover an area larger than its land area. This map shows the boundaries. Click on the map to view a larger version. Click on the map to view a larger version.
    • Third & fourth level - Learning outcome: SOC 3-14a
    • Scotland's coastal and estuarine waters
  • Water quality of lochs in 2012 - Map of Scottish loch quality. Click on the map to view a larger version.
  • Location of Scottish lochs - Map of Scottish loch locations. Click on the map to view a larger version.
    • Third & fourth level - Learning outome: SOC 3-14a
    • Locations of Scottish lochs
  • Classification of Scotland's coastal waters - How clean is the water around the coasts of Scotland? This map gives more information. Click on the map to view a larger version.
    • Second level - Learning outcome: SOC 2-08a 
    • Third & fourth level - Learning outcome: SOC 4-10a
    • Classification of Scotland's coastal waters
  • Improvements in water quality - Map of waterway improvements. Click on the diagram to view a larger version.
    • Third & fourth level - Learning outcome: SOC 4-08a
    • Improvements in water quality
  • Flood map of Scotland
    • Third & fourth level - Learning outcome: SOC 4-12b
  • Status of the beds and banks - Map of Scotland’s river beds and river banks and their morphology (physical quality). Click on the map to view a larger version.
  • Water quality status of rivers and canals in 2012 - Map of Scotland’s river quality. Click on the map to view a larger version.
  • Condition of water levels in lochs 2012 - How is the water levels in Scotland’s lochs? How might this impact on biodiversity? Click on the map to view a larger version.
  • Scotland's seawater - Diagram showing Atlantic water circulation and coastal water circulation around Scotland. Click on the map to view a larger version.
  • Aquaculture sites across Scotland - Map showing Scotland’s fisheries locations. Click on the map to view a larger version.
  • Overall status of estuaries in 2012 - Map showing the water quality status of Scotland’s main estuaries. Click on the map image to view a larger version of the map.
  • Floodmaps - SEPA provide up to date information about the risk of flooding across Scotland.

 

Apps

  • AquaInvaders - The AquaInvaders project seeks to determine the status of 26 aquatic non-native invasive species including 12 fish species. The data you collect will be submitted to the Biological Records Centre (Centre for Ecology and Hydrology) where it will be verified by experts and, in certain cases, responded to directly by the relevant authority. Once verified your data will be available publicly via the NBN Gateway.

 

Surveys

 

Resources

 

 


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