Get Involved

How can you help improve local biodiversity?

Everyone can get involved in improving the biodiversity of their local area and small changes can make a big difference! Here are some ideas to try:

  • Put up bird and bat boxes.
  • Plant nectar-rich plants to attract butterflies, bees and other insects.
  • Hold a litter clear-up.
  • Create a wildlife pond or wetland.
  • Sow a wildflower meadow.
  • Report your plant and animal sightings to Fife Nature Records Centre.

For more details of the action you can take to improve biodiversity, please see our Biodiversity Starter Pack

Wildlife Recording

In order to adequately conserve species and habitats, we need good quality information on:beautiful_fife_wasp

  • The distribution of species and habitats.
  • The status of a species or habitat i.e. is it common or rare
  • The condition of habitats (usually determined by the species present).

These factors are dynamic and in a state of flux dependent on human activity and climate change. However biological recording allows us to piece together a picture of the state of Fife’s wildlife. Biological recording simply means taking note of the plants and animals we come across in our everyday lives, from noting which birds visit the garden bird feeder to detailing the plants and trees in the local woodland. As well as being the first step for nature conservation, recording wildlife is hugely enjoyable for people of all ages and abilities- no specialist knowledge is needed!

A biological record should consist of at least four pieces of information- the four Ws:

  • What did you see? Simply what you saw! If you can identify the species, it adds value to the record. For example, a record of a bat is useful but a record of a brown long eared bat is even better.
  • Where did you see it? A detailed description of the location or, preferably an Ordnance Survey grid reference. If you are recording wildlife in your garden, providing your address details including postcode will enable us to accurately locate the record.
  • When did you see it? The date you made the observation, preferably in the day/month/year format.
  • Who are you? The details of the person who made the observation including name and contact details in case we need to contact them for more information on the sighting.

Any other information, such as whether the animal you saw was male or female, juvenile or adult, adds to the value of the record.  Even records of dead animals are useful in understanding species distribution and dispersal.  A spreadsheet is the ideal format to send your records to us (contact us on our general email nature.info@fife.gov.uk).  Alternatively, you can use our on-line form to tell us about something which you’ve seen or you can use our specially designed wildlife, squirrel and butterfly recording forms to note down details of your biological records then send them in to us.

Records of wildlife sightings sent in to us will be used to maintain a database of nature records and may be shared with the NBN Atlas Scotland. If you do not want your sightings to be shared with the NBN Atlas, please let us know.

Volunteering 

If you are interested in volunteering with the Biodiversity Team please contact us on our general e-mail nature.info@fife.gov.uk.

Publications

Fife Nature Data Request Blank

See Also

Do It On-Line

Lindsay Bamforth,Information Officer- Fife Nature Records Centre

Tel: 03451 55 55 55 + Ext 44 53 64  Contact Lindsay Bamforth online 

By Post: Rothesay House, Rothesay Place, Glenrothes, Fife, KY7 5PQ

 

Mhairi MacKinnon, Information Assistant 

Tel: 03451 55 55 55 + Ext 44 53 64  Contact Mhairi Mackinnon online

By Post: Rothesay House, Rothesay Place, Glenrothes, Fife, KY7 5PQ