Useful links to help you get involved!
Out and about
- Take the Great British Bee Count app with you and spot some bees
- Download the National Trust’s 50 things to do before you’re 11 and 3/4 app
- Here are another six nature apps you really need, as reviewed on our blog.
- Download the free Mammal Mapper app and help to track our declining British mammals.
- Want to get involved in bat monitoring? Start here, it's easy!
- Join in with the #WildFlowerHunt with Plant Life
At home and at school
There are also plenty of ways you can get involved with nature near you. Get involved with your local community, get inspired and do your bit!
- Our Wildlife SOS (Save Our Species) videos show you simple things that you can do in your garden to help British wildlife. Things like building a compost heap, making a tiny pond or creating a miniature wildflower meadow like Butterfly Conservation’s Plant Pots for Pollinators campaign.
- SpringTails at the University of Brighton want you to report sightings of mammals in your garden.
- If you are involved with a school, then before the holidays kick in we have a host of ideas to get stuck into - like our Bird Feeder Experiment
- The BTO’s What’s Under your Feet is aimed at schools, specifically those with a playing field and a shovel! By digging up a small patch of the playing field to look at invertebrate life within, schools and contributing to a citizen science on a large scale.
On the beach
- Don’t forget to do a #2minutebeachclean…
- Do your bit and help to reduce plastic pollution in our oceans - Take part in the Great Nurdle Hunt.
- Report any marine strandings you come across at the beach
- Lucky enough to be near a puffin colony? RSPB really want photos of Puffins with beaks full of fish for their Pufferazzi campaign
- Seen a jellyfish on our shores? Let the Marine Conservation Society UK know
- Whale Track, help to monitor cetaceans
- Crab Watch, another great free app to gather data on crab populations on our coasts
- Plastic in seabird nests is a huge problem. The environmental Research Institute want to hear from you.
Springwatch 2018 Seabird Count
In the last few years we have seen a decline in the British seabird population. There's evidence of widespread decline in the number of chicks fledging - which may be driving this decline in breeding population size. There's also evidence of changes in food availability which could also be affecting this. But to understand the reasons more fully, a complete census is needed - and this is where you come in.
We need your help in documenting the seabirds near you. Any involvement, whether it's identifying a new site, counting a colony or coordinating volunteer efforts, is hugely important in supporting our magnificent seabirds.
Finally, if you're lucky enough to see seals this year, take a photograph but remember to keep your distance and watch wildlife responsibly. These tips from the Cornish Wildlife Trust are here to help!
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