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Find citizen science monitoring or action projects that you might want to take part in, or if you’re looking for volunteers to help out with projects you are running, register with us. Either way it’s quick and easy if you to use our project finder.

Field survey

Field survey

by The Bat Conservation Trust
Use your knowledge of bat detecting by taking part in the field survey. We will allocate you a 1km survey square in which you walk a roughly triangular route on two evenings in July. You will use a bat detector to record noctule, serotine, common pipistrelle and soprano pipistrelle bat activity.

Roost count

Roost count

by The Bat Conservation Trust
If you have bats in your property then you can help us by taking part in the roost counts. You count the numbers of bats emerging from roosts at sunset on two evenings during the summer survey period.

Sunset/sunrise survey

Sunset/sunrise survey

by The Bat Conservation Trust
By taking part in the sunset/sunrise survey you can find out about your local bats and help us find new bat roosts. Anyone can take part in this survey by looking for bats and their roosts in your garden or local green space. This survey takes place annually throughout June, July and August

Waterway survey

Waterway survey

by The Bat Conservation Trust
Help us find out how Daubenton’s bat populations are faring. For this survey, you walk a route along a 1km stretch of water allocated to you on two evenings during August. You record bat activity using a bat detector to listen and a torch to observe simple visual clues.

BirdTrack

BirdTrack

by British Trust for Ornithology
To participate, simply keep a record of the birds that you see. When you combined with records from thousands of other birdwatchers these records area extremely useful. Enter sightings via website of phone app.

The breeding bird survey

The breeding bird survey

by British Trust for Ornithology
The BTO/JNCC/RSPB breeding bird survey is the main scheme for monitoring the population changes of the UK’s commoner breeding birds.

The mountain bird survey

The mountain bird survey

by British Trust for Ornithology
Do you spend time above 750m in Scotland's mountains? If you do, you could help us to monitor the specialist bird species which live in these habitats.

The wetland bird survey

The wetland bird survey

by British Trust for Ornithology
The wetland bird survey (WeBS) monitors non-breeding waterbirds in the UK. WeBS aims to identify population sizes, determine trends in numbers and distribution and to identify important sites for waterbirds.

The ‘whats up?’ project

The ‘whats up?’ project

by British Trust for Ornithology
More than half of Scotland is 'upland'. These habitats are important for both people and wildlife yet we know relatively little about how bird populations are changing. You can help!

National seashell survey

National seashell survey

by Buglife
The national seashell survey is a citizen science project that will encourage members of the public to record molluscs and other seashore creatures they find around the British coast. This information will be used to help improve knowledge of the distribution of various species.

Scottish glow worm survey

Scottish glow worm survey

by Buglife
Buglife are asking you to submit your glow worm sightings to help us map their distribution. Glow worms appear to be widely distributed in the UK, with records from the south of England up to the very north in Scotland, however, there have been very few Scottish records in recent years.

Wider countryside butterfly survey

Wider countryside butterfly survey

by The Butterfly Conservation
The wider countryside butterfly survey is the main scheme for monitoring the population changes of the UK’s common and widespread butterflies.

Scottish speckled wood survey

Scottish speckled wood survey

by The Butterfly Conservation
Have you seen a speckled wood butterfly in Scotland? The speckled wood has a fascinating distribution in Scotland. In the past it must have occurred over most of Scotland, but then declined leaving ‘refuges’ around the Moray Firth and the west coast.

Bog squad

Bog squad

by The Butterfly Conservation
Are you interested in helping to secure the future of Scotland's lowland peatlands? The bog squad is a group of volunteers that undertake restoration work aimed at re-wetting peatlands, so that the natural flora & fauna can thrive and peat formation can take place again in the future.

Cairngorms scenic photo posts

Cairngorms scenic photo posts

by Cairngorms National Park Authority
The Cairngorms scenic photo posts project is a pioneering citizen science initiative to gather information about our landscapes as they change from day to day and year to year.

Manual work and contruction volunteers

Manual work and contruction volunteers

by Concordia UK
Volunteer over seas in the field of manual work, renovation, restoration and construction for 2-3 weeks or longer.

Big pond dip

Big pond dip

by Freshwater Habitats Trust
Citizen science project surveying garden and school ponds to see how good they are for wildlife.

East Ayrshire nature network

East Ayrshire nature network

by East Ayrshire Coalfield Environment Initiative (CEI)
This project aims to enhance and interpret the natural heritage of the coalfields area at a landscape scale, to deliver biodiversity benefits and support local regeneration. We always need volunteers to support our projects, also run a varied programme of community events.

The great nurdle hunt

The great nurdle hunt

by Fidra
By looking for nurdles on your local beach you can have fun and help show the local plastics industry their impact on our estuary. Your findings will help us persuade industry to take up the challenge of making the Firth of Forth the first zero nurdle loss estuary in the UK.

Big spawn count

Big spawn count

by Freshwater Habitats Trust
Citizen science project surveying the spawning pattens of amphibians in garden and school ponds.

Scottish dragon finder

Scottish dragon finder

by Froglife
Scottish dragon finder brings together practical conservation, surveying, data collection and interactive educational activities to help conserve reptiles and amphibians across the whole of Scotland.

Forth nature counts

Forth nature counts

by Inner Forth Landscape Initiative
The Inner Forth is a fantastic area for wildlife. We would like your help to build our understanding of the diversity, abundance and spread of plants and animals that are found here.

Walk in the park

Walk in the park

by Loch Lomond and the Trossachs Countryside Trust
Walk in the park health walks utilise the beautiful and nurturing surroundings of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park. We are now one of the best examples of a successful health walk programme in Scotland.

The shore thing

The shore thing

by The Marine Biological Association
The shore thing is a citizen science project which enables volunteer groups and higher students to monitor their local rocky shore for climate change indicators and non-native species. The shore thing is now in its 10th year with over 4,000 participants conducting surveys across the British Isles.

Sealife survey

Sealife survey

by The Marine Biological Association
The sealife survey recording scheme is run by the Marine Biological Association of the UK. Sightings of marine life can be entered by members of the public using a simple online form. Records are verified by marine experts and harvested by the NBN Gateway.

Great British beach clean

Great British beach clean

by Marine Conservation Society
Calling all beach lovers! Your beach needs you! The Marine Conservation Society organises beach cleaning events and is looking for volunteers to head to their local beach to help take part in a beach clean and litter survey to help turn the tide on marine litter.

Wildlife sightings scheme

Wildlife sightings scheme

by Marine Conservation Society
MCS is interested in hearing about your sightings of a number of different marine species - basking sharks, marine turtles and jellyfish in UK and Irish waters. If you enjoy spending time at the coast and looking out for wildlife then please read on and get involved!

Weather observations website

Weather observations website

by Met Office
The weather observations website (WOW) is a platform that enables anyone to get involved and submit, share and visualise their weather observations.

Footpaths

Footpaths

by North Harris Trust
North Harris has an extensive network of paths and tracks which is unique in the Western Isles where there are otherwise few well established paths. Many of the paths were established long ago as routes between townships, and some were then upgraded for use as stalking paths when North Harris was run as a Victorian shooting estate.

Gunnera eradication

Gunnera eradication

by North Harris Trust
Work along side volunteers and North Harris Trust staff to remove non-native invasive plant gunnera tinctoria from locations around the North Harris estate.

Tree health survey

Tree health survey

by Open Air Laboratories
Learn how to spot symptoms of deadly tree pests and diseases in your local area and help us track the spread of these killers through Scottish woods. Join our army of citizen scientistst helping us monitor the health of the natural environment.

Soil and earthworm survey

Soil and earthworm survey

by Open Air Laboratories
Discover what lies beneath your feet and learn about different types of soil and worms in this hands on survey. By taking part in this survey, you'll help improve our knowledge of earthworms and the soils they live in – something we know surprisingly little about.

Air survey

Air survey

by Open Air Laboratories
Join in now. This survey can be done at any time of year. Good air quality is essential for our health and for the wellbeing of our environment.

Bugs count survey

Bugs count survey

by Open Air Laboratories
Help us investigate how the built environment affects invertebrates. Join in our nationwide bug hunt. The best time to do this survey is from May to November.

Water survey

Water survey

by Open Air Laboratories
How healthy is your local pond or lake? Record the animals you find there and contribute to valuable national research. By taking part in the survey, you’ll help scientists learn more about how polluted our lakes and ponds are – something we know surprisingly little about.

Biodiversity survey

Biodiversity survey

by Open Air Laboratories
What’s living in your hedge? Join in now. The best time to do this survey is from April to November. Take part in the OPAL biodiversity survey and uncover the diverse range of wildlife in our hedges. You’ll contribute to valuable research and learn more about the importance of hedges and how you can improve them.

Biological recording in the Outer Hebrides

Biological recording in the Outer Hebrides

by Outer Hebrides Biological Recording
Our objective is to increase our knowledge of the nature and distribution of the animals, plants and fungi of the islands of the Outer Hebrides and make this information available to everyone. We aim to encourage more people to take an interest in their natural world and provide opportunities to participate in biological recording.

A variety of conservation tasks

A variety of conservation tasks

by Perth and Kinross Conservation Volunteers
Tasks such as tree planting path repair Invasive species control pond clearance meadow management. Fencing taking place throughout Perthshire on a regular basis.

Predatory bird monitoring scheme

Predatory bird monitoring  scheme

by Predatory Bird Monitoring Scheme
The predatory bird monitoring scheme (PBMS) investigates the impact of chemical pollutants on predatory bird populations. This is achieved through the measurement of contaminants in the tissues of raptors found dead and submitted to the scheme by members of the public.

Lichen air quality survey

Lichen air quality survey

by Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Would you like to find out more about your local air quality? Why not use our simple introductory level lichen air survey to find out about the health of your local environment. A citizen science survey suitable for individuals, groups or schools.

Anglers riverfly monitoring initiative

Anglers riverfly monitoring initiative

by Scottish Environment Protection Agency
Anglers are in an ideal position to monitor the health of the rivers they fish, and the Riverfly Partnership allows them and other interested volunteers to take action that will help conserve the river environment. This initiative provides a simple monitoring technique which groups can use to detect.

Rainfall observers

Rainfall observers

by Scottish Environment Protection Agency
Across Scotland, volunteer rainfall observers are collecting extremely valuable rainfall data on a daily basis to improve weather and flood forecasting. SEPA would love you to join this band of volunteers, and has created a brand new online portal to make it easy to gather and share your data.

River obstacles

River obstacles

by Scottish Environment Protection Agency
There are thousands of man made and natural obstacles in Scotland's rivers. Some of them present a barrier to the movement of fish like salmon and trout, or a hazard to people using canoes and kayaks. With the help of a new mobile app, you can help us find out where they all are and improve them.

Lamprey watch

Lamprey watch

by Scottish Environment Protection Agency
Lamprey watch aims to raise awareness of lampreys in Scottish waters. We wish to encourage anyone with access to suitable rivers to look out for these fascinating creatures during the spawning season (typically May - July) and submit simple records of any observations using our new online portal.

Scottish marine animal stranding scheme

Scottish marine animal stranding scheme

by Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme
The principal requirement of this project is to provide a co-ordinated approach to surveillance of marine species (e.g. cetaceans & seal) strandings and to investigate major causes of death of stranded marine mammals in Scotland.

Scotland counts

Scotland counts

by The Conservation Volunteers
Citizen science is a term used to describe public participation in scientific research. The Scotland counts project aims to ensure that every individual and community in Scotland has the opportunity to develop skills and confidence to understand their local environment through citizen science.

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