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Here are some mobile apps that can help you get involved and record your observations about the environment. Get in touch and let us know about any other useful apps that you would like us to share, please contact us.

 

Air

CycleStreets

CycleStreets

UK cycle journey planner and photomap Plan cycle-friendly routes from A to B anywhere in the UK!

Choose from the quietest, fastest or a balanced route type. Routes takes advantage of descents downhill and avoids ascents where possible.

Download on the App Store
Android app on Google play
Greener Scotland

Greener Scotland - Journeys

A greener way From A to B. Help create a greener Scotland and a healthier you. Add, record and repeat short trips by bicycle and foot.

Download on the App Store
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Monitoring air quality using lichens

A new mobile app using lichens to assess atmospheric nitrogen pollution effects has been developed by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH). The app includes some simple elements:

  • Lichen identification key guide for nitrogen sensitive and tolerant species.
  • Simple Recording system for surveying lichens on tree trunks and branches
  • Field guide with instructions on carrying out the survey.
  • Auto-calculated and robust method to determine nitrogen pollution levels using a standardised nitrogen air quality index (NAQI).
  • Informs the public of their local nitrogen air quality based on four pollutant zones - 'Clean', 'At risk', 'Nitrogen Polluted’ or 'Very Nitrogen Polluted'.

This is a web app that can be used on any mobile device and through your browser. It can also be downloaded to your device and used offline.

 

Habitat and species

Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Asian hornet watch

The Asian hornet is a predator of various invertebrates including pollinator insects and is identified as a high-risk non-native species due to its threat to native biodiversity.

Download on the App Store
Android app on Google play
British Trust for Ornithology

BirdTrack

The BirdTrack app allows users to collect casual records on their mobile phone. Bird records can be collected, verified and then uploaded when convenient. GPS integration makes it even easier to record sightings and a helpful local hotspot viewer make this a must-have app for any birdwatcher in the UK and Ireland.

Download on the App Store
Android app on Google play
Froglife

Froglife

Identify adult reptiles and amphibians as well as their eggs, larvae and calls. Simple questionnaires, illustrations and photographs will help you identify animals, and you can compare photographs of different species to make sure you've identified the animal correctly. Report a sighting. Submit your records quickly and easily using the recording form. Use your phone's GPS function to determine your location or manually input your location.

Download on the App Store
Android app on Google play
Bat Conservation Trust

iBats

The Indicator Bats Program – iBats monitors bat populations globally by listening to the sounds bats use to navigate and find food. Volunteers around the world collect bat sounds and together we keep track of any changes in abundance or distribution of these amazing species.

Download on the App Store
Android app on Google play
iRecord

iRecord Butterflies

Butterflies are in trouble. A third of UK species are threatened and three-quarters are in decline. Butterfly recording is the foundation for protecting these beautiful creatures. The iRecord Butterflies app helps you to identify the butterflies that you see, but also uses your sightings to help save butterflies.

Sightings will be stored within the “iRecord” website and passed onto the “Butterflies for the New Millennium” national recording scheme run by the charity Butterfly Conservation, with support from the Biological Records Centre. This long-running scheme has gathered millions of butterfly sightings that provide vital information about how the fortunes of butterflies have changed over the decades. Your sightings will be used to understand the causes of decline and to inform conservation work on the ground to help threatened species.

Scientists could not do this work without the help of people across the UK, like you, reporting when and where they find a species. Thank you for using iRecord Butterflies to help us protect these wonderful insects.

Download on the App Store
Android app on Google play
iRecord

iRecord Dragonflies

Helps you identify the grasshoppers, crickets, earwigs, cockroaches and stick-insects that you see or hear, and lets you record sightings to support their study and conservation.

Download on the App Store
Android app on Google play
iRecord

iRecord Grasshoppers

The new app will enable people to contribute to the Grasshopper Recording Scheme whose results have already shown the dramatic geographical expansion of two bush-cricket species, the Long-winged Conehead and Roesel’s Bush-cricket.

The chirping of grasshoppers and crickets is one of the quintessential sounds of summer. They can be numerous in some habitats and play essential ecological roles - for example as a food source for threatened species like skylarks, grey partridges, cirl buntings, corncrakes and harvest mice - or as predators helping to control pests such as aphids.

Since its launch in 1968 thousands of people have already contributed to the Grasshopper Recording Scheme and with assistance from the public records from the new app will support the study and conservation of grasshoppers and crickets.

Download on the App Store
Android app on Google play
iRecord

iRecord Ladybirds

The Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and the Nature Locator team at the University of Bristol have joined forces to help map species of ladybird within the UK.

For hundreds of years people in Britain have been recording when and where they see plants, animals and other wildlife.

The Biological Records Centre within the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology helps people to record many different species by working with national recording schemes.

The UK Ladybird Survey is one such scheme. Launched in 1968, it collates and analyses records of ladybird species found across the UK, and maps their distributions.

The information gathered is used by scientists to see how wildlife is changing due to factors such as climate change and the arrival of new species.

Scientists could not do this work without the help of people across the UK, like you, reporting when and where they find a species.

Download on the App Store
Android app on Google play
iRecord

iRecord

iRecord app, enabling users to get involved with the biological recording of all UK species. Now you can record all the wildlife you see and contribute to scientific research and conservation.

Download on the App Store
Android app on Google play
The Mammal Society

Mammal tracker

Mammal Tracker is the official mammal recording app of the Mammal Society

The Mammal Tracker smartphone application is the first extensive phone app for the identification and recording of British mammals. The aim is to collect valuable and verifiable data on the presence of mammals across the British Isles (except Ireland and Northern Ireland who have their own Irish mammal application). The app is an integral part of The Mammal Society’s new Heritage Lottery Funded Mammal Watch South East (MaWSE) project. Although this project is focused in the south east of England, the app is operational nationwide.

Download on the App Store
Android app on Google play
The Scottish Government

PAWS

The Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime in Scotland - PAW Scotland - includes the police, land managers, conservationists and the Scottish Government. PAWS has launched an app that will enable people to record and report suspected cases of wildlife crime directly to Police Scotland via their iphone.

Download on the App Store
PlantTracker

PlantTracker

Invasive non-native plant species are a threat to native wildlife in the UK. Help us track them down using PlantTracker.

The Environment Agency, the Nature Locator team at the University of Bristol and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology have joined forces to help combat the spread of the UK’s most problematic invasive, non-native plant species.

Download on the App Store
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Rare arable flowers

To help farmers, agronomists and conservationists to identify and record the UK’s most threatened plant species. The rare arable flowers app also provides practical advice on the best way to manage land for these species.

Download on the App Store
Android app on Google play
Saltmarsh

Saltmarsh

The Saltmarsh app is an easy to use tool for identifying common saltmarsh plants, birds and invertebrates. The app also provides lots of useful information on the ecology and importance of saltmarshes and the benefits they provide to humans. Users can use the app to complete a vegetation survey of their saltmarsh and make an assessment of the carbon stored in their marsh by completing a simple vegetation and soil assessment. The data collected is used to provide researchers with a better understanding of the value of saltmarshes.

Download on the App Store
Android app on Google play
Sealife Tracker

Sealife tracker - British sub-aqua club

The sealife tracker focuses on around a dozen non-native species of fish, invertebrates and plants which pose a potential threat to the indigenous marine life in our seas and the marine environment around our coastline as well as native species which are considered to be climate change indicator species.

The sealife tracker has been developed in conjunction with the University of Bristol, the Environment Agency, Scottish Environmental Protection Agency, the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and Scottish Natural Heritage.

Download on the App Store
Reducing the Impact of Non-Native Species in Europe

Th@s Invasive!

We need your help to turn the tide on the alien invasion! Invasive non-native species are threatening our wildlife and economy, but without accurate and up-to-date information on their distribution effective control of these species is impossible. With ‘That’s Invasive!’ you’ll be able to identify and record 35 different invasive species faster than ever before by utilising your phone’s in-built GPS and camera. ‘That’s Invasive!’ contains all the information you need on the ID features, ecology and impact of these species – all for free and in your pocket!

Download on the App Store
Android app on Google play
Friends of the Earth

The Great British bee count

This summer our bees need you.

Join the Great British bee count to help build a nationwide picture of bees’ health. There’s currently no accurate picture of the condition of bees in the UK.

We know that bees are going hungry and homeless. A big problem is the loss of their vital habitat, with 97% of wildflower meadows gone in the past 60 years.

Already more than 20 species of bee have become extinct - and more than a quarter are under threat.

Download on the App Store
Android app on Google play
TreeZilla

Treezilla

An ambitious project to map all of Britain's trees and record vital data about tree disease and the environmental benefits that trees provide. It is a platform for a wide range of enquiry-led scientific investigations using real data from trees.

Why not map the trees in your garden, street or playground and upload photos or simply browse the trees in your area?

Download on the App Store
Android app on Google play

 

Land

British Geological Survey

myVolcano

myVolcano is a crowd-sourcing app that enables you to share your photographs and descriptions of volcanic hazards, as well as collecting samples and measurements of volcanic ash fall, helping scientists to gather vital new information about volcanic eruptions.

Download on the App Store

 

People and the environment

Love Food Hate Waste

Love Food Hate Waste

Help is at hand for anyone who wants to keep track of their budgets by food planning, shopping, making the most of left-overs and recipes while ‘on the go’, thanks to a newly-updated app from Love Food Hate Waste

Download on the App Store
Android app on Google play
Outdoor and Woodland Learning Scotland

Scotland’s Outdoor Learning Directory

The Outdoor Learning Directory aims to provide a portal to the learning material, grants and training provided by these organisations with links to others who are involved with Outdoor Learning in Scotland.

This directory is a currently a collaboration between Cairngorms National Park, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, Forestry Commission Scotland, Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh, Scottish Environmental Protection Agency and Scottish Natural Heritage.

We are all part of the Scottish Government and are working together to co-ordinate our work with Outdoor Learning in order to optimise the service we provide.

Download on the App Store
Android app on Google play

 

Water

AquaInvaders

AquaInvaders

The AquaInvaders project seeks to determine the status of 26 aquatic non-native invasive species including 12 fish species. It is a partnership between the Environment Agency, Scottish Natural Heritage, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, the British Sub Aqua Club, the Biological Records Centre and the University of Bristol. Supported by the Angling Trust and the Rivers and Fisheries Trusts of Scotland.

AquaInvaders works alongside PlantTracker and is designed to collect information on invasive non-native animals. It covers fish (12 species altogether), crayfish (5 species), amphibians (4 species), Killer Shrimp, Zebra Mussel, Mink and many other unwelcome animal species that pose a threat to native biodiversity and/or threaten the integrity of our water ways.

The app is supported by the GB Non-Native Species Secretariat, the Angling Trust, the Rivers and Fisheries Trusts of Scotland and BSAC.

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.

Download on the App Store
Android app on Google play
iRecord

Bloomin’ Algae

Citizen scientists across the UK are being urged to help the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) monitor harmful algal blooms which can threaten public health as well as the lives of dogs, cattle, birds and fish. Dog walkers, swimmers, boaters, anglers and anyone else near fresh water can now record the presence of harmful algal blooms with a new app called "Bloomin' Algae".

The app, which has been created in collaboration with the Environment Agency, Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Public Health England and Health Protection Scotland, enables users to submit a photo of the bloom and state what activity takes place at the location, so that the potential risks to people and animals can be gauged.

All verified records can easily be viewed on the Bloomin' Algae interactive map.

More information about iRecord, including details of how to register, can be found on the Biological Records Centre website.

Download on the App Store
Android app on Google play
Marine Conservation Society

Good fish guide

The definitive guide to sustainable seafood for all consumers who want to make the right choice at the supermarket fish counter or at the fishmongers.

Download on the App Store
Android app on Google play
The James Hutton Institute

iDee

The iDee project aims to directly involve people and communities in the River Dee catchment in environmental recording.

Using this app you can submit your own records of river conditions in the Dee catchment in the form of a geo-referenced photograph of the river together with simple assessments of water clarity, flow speed and algae cover.

You can view records submitted by other people to see how conditions in the catchment change over time.Please note that new records need to be approved before becoming available to view.

As we develop the system there will opportunities to become involved in specific projects, for which you will need to register to gain specialist access.

Download on the App Store
River obstacles

River obstacles

There are thousands of man-made and natural obstacles in the rivers of the UK. Many of the man-made obstacles perform important functions - for example dams, sluices, weirs and road culverts - but they can also cause problems such as restricting the movement of fish, damaging river banks and beds, and posing a hazard to people using boats, canoes and kayaks.

Download on the App Store
Android app on Google play
Scotland's Coastal Heritage at Risk

ShoreUpdate

ShoreUpdate will update and improve information on our current register of coastal heritage sites at risk. With your help, we aim to visit every one of the 940 sites in the highest risk category on the register to assess its present condition.

Download on the App Store
Android app on Google play

 


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