PRESS RELEASE: New website publishes one year of free nature conservation opportunities in Scotland
10 September 2018
This week, the website which brings together free volunteering and education opportunities in nature conservation in Scotland is celebrating its progress over the last 12 months and announces plans for the year ahead, as it publishes its first annual review.
Conservation Scotland, the name of the online hub, has found a technical solution to the difficulties of searching countless web pages and social media feeds for local opportunities, by inviting participating organisations to upload their events onto one website for you to view at your leisure. You can also sign up for the weekly email calendar to avoid searching altogether.
”There’s loads of cool events on your website”, said tree planting volunteer, Nicola from Edinburgh. “It’s really nice having events from different organizations all in one place.”
In one year, over 300 events in 24 Scottish council areas have been posted online, which are free, open to all, and good for nature.
Alongside community gardening in West Lothian, wildlife surveying right from the Highlands to Dumfries, films and talks in Aberdeen, Glasgow and Stirling, RSPB Scotland, TCV and Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh are among the most recent to join the event sharing community.
Pentland Hills Regional Park, who joined the community earlier this year said, “We find the Conservation Scotland application easy to use, and appreciate the ability it has to reach out to new volunteers.”
Now progressing into the second year, the next steps are to reach more people and organisations, call for volunteer stories to be emailed in as part of the new initiative, view-do-review (52), and launch a public survey about conservation activities in Scotland so that together we can help to achieve more on the ground.
Coming up this weekend, if you want to help tackle the global problem of marine litter, you can be part of the biggest ever Scotland-wide beach litter pick with Marine Conservation Society. Or, if you are up for planting trees to make Scotland greener, Woodland Trust have free trees to give away to schools and community groups – apply at www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/plant-trees/free-trees.
”The aim is to help volunteers and organisations to achieve positive conservation outcomes”, said Founder, Nathan Roberts. ”Your participation is what makes this possible. Thank you.”
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