Citizen Science

  • VO69300


Description

Take part in Citizen Science with our other volunteers (or feel free to do so alone). We record wildlife along the Dighty Burn (and its tributaries) and include it in a national database (the NBN Atlas). We regularly carry out river invertebrate surveys to check for water quality; survey butterflies in the summer; take part in moth surveys; organise training days (including dragonfly and damselfly identification); help with dipper ringing and other bird surveys; carry out bat surveys and a multitude of other activities. We welcome anyone from complete beginners to seasoned professionals. All we ask is that you have a genuine desire to be outdoors, a keenness in wildlife and an interest in the Dighty Burn.

Organisation aims and objectives

DightyConnect enables volunteers to plan, design and implement human-scale projects linked to environmental and cultural aspects of the Dighty Burn. We believe local people have considerable knowledge about their environment and often have excellent ideas about what could enhance the Dighty Burn. We start with your passions, interests and ideas to enable you to deliver excellent quality projects within your local community.

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Usually around 2-3 hours and the group meets weekly. The group is ongoing.

Restrictions

Workers will not always be present as the group is capable of working alone. Therefore, it is only suitable for adults as volunteers are not PVG checked. Though we can work with families if parents or guardians are present but families would have to check
Experience required: Beginners are more than welcome but an interest in nature, wildlife and the Dighty Burn is advisable, as is a love of being outdoors.
Travel details: We meet at Douglas Community Centre – buses stop just outside.
Minimum age: 16

Support

Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Public transport costs reimbursed on production of bus tickets purchased, where appropriate.
Taster available: Yes
Taster details: Come along one week and try it out to decide if you like it.
Training details: Training is ongoing – volunteers will learn as they go, through identification leaflets and other volunteers. Support is available from staff members. Some weeks the volunteers will work without a staff member but staff do check in regularly and there is usually a staff member working from Douglas Community Centre if there are any issues.

Last updated 2 months ago

Please note, organisations are currently experiencing a large volume of enquiries from people looking to help out. They may not always be able to meet this demand so please be patient, you may not receive a quick response or be assigned to a role.