Have you been using the inaturalist wildlife spotting app on your walks out and about Castle Bromwich and surrounds?
The On your Doorstep project run by our friends over in B37 has so far gathered 212 different species of plants, insects, animals and birds….
Our Gardener on site has been participating too – although most of the rest of the staff are working from home..
She reports that there are great tits nesting by our office… we often have a nesting pair in the tall pole of our security cameras… I wonder if they’re there this year?
The On Your Doorstep project goes on for another week – and the app continues after that too. Do download the free app and use it to report your sitings however modest and ordinary – the more we know about all the wildlife around us, the better we will be able to protect it and enjoy it together.
Citizen science: we can all make a difference to the world’s knowledge.
These days almost anyone can take part in gathering important information that adds to scientists’ understanding. From this Friday you can help us map some really important nature around the Gardens using a free app for your phone.
In the past we have taken part in things like national Bee Counts and flower surveys. Our colleagues over in Chelmsley Wood (B37 project and the Tribal Community Rangers) have started using this app iNaturalist from the National Geographic Society.
In May we will be taking part – where we can – at looking and recording the wildlife surrounding our Gardens, over the Parkland, on the church paddock, on Lady Bradfords Gardens (the green common in front of the hotel). It’s a month long bio-blitz!
Did you know that the Parkland, surrounding the Gardens, hasn’t had much change or disturbance on it for nearly 400 years! So, it’s a really rich place for biodiversity.
All you need to do is:
- Download the app.
- Have a look for ‘On your Doorstop’ under projects – and join (not compulsory- but will help them and us with the data )
- Then on your daily walk around the area, take a snap or two and upload what you see: plants, insects, animals , birds….
- At the end of the month Tribal will crunch the data for us – and we’ll share it with everyone.
- And that’s it… ooh don’t forget to share some of your photos on our facebook/twitter/instagram
Thank you … you will be contributing to human knowledge and science – that’s a great thing!