Help needed with wildlife tally

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) is urging people in the North-east to help push Grampian’s tally of wildlife records beyond the 1 million figure.

To help reach this milestone, the North East Local Biodiversity Partnership (NELBAP) has three Bio Blitz events coming up across Grampian.

The North East Scotland Biological Records Centre (NESBReC) acts as a one-stop shop for wildlife information, including more than 800,000 records from Moray, Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen.

These records are of great help to enthusiasts, planners, businesses, researchers and a host of other organisations and individuals.

Co-ordinator Rose Toney said: “To reach our goal of a million wildlife counts, we need all the help we can get! I’d really encourage everyone to come out and join us. It’s a great way to learn some new skills and get involved in helping protect Grampian’s nature.

If you can’t make it to one of our big family days, there are a range of events from guided walks, to training days and more.”

Ewen Cameron, SNH’s Operations Manager is Aberdeen said: “Despite what many people may think, there’s still lots we don’t know about our wildlife and, as our world changes, it’s important we keep our information up-to-date. People often feel powerless in the face of major environmental changes, but if many of us provide even a few wildlife records each, when added together it all helps and makes a difference. You don’t need to be an expert.

Biological recording is something that anyone can contribute to, it’s useful and, perhaps most importantly – it’s fun.”

Those who can’t make it to one of the wildlife count events can do some recording in their own area, or even set up a local recording group to send records from their local school grounds, local park or nearby countryside. NESBReC also runs training courses for those who want to get more involved.

For more information, visit www.nesbrec.org.uk