On the 1st of August we had a special guest appearance from our friends over in Buglife! With the creation of the new project, B-Lines, in West Lothian we decided to do a partnership workshop to give some of our volunteers the chance to skill up in a new area. The aim of the workshop was to show the community around the Craigshill area the survey method that is used by the pollinator monitoring scheme. This is so they may contribute to a national database which records the pollinating insects in the area and will allow them to get involved with wildflower meadow creation in Almond Park along the River Almond.
Some of our volunteers in this community attended the workshop in order to contribute to both projects and skill up in areas that are new to them but that are still environmentally linked to our conservation activities in the area.
The workshop was a great success with our volunteers taking a wander in the park and along the river trying to identify the pollinators and learning the ins and outs of the survey technique.
Anyone can get involved in this survey, if you go to the Buglife website you will find the survey method and associated documents. Buglife will be in West Lothian for the next two years talking to communities and schools to help educate about pollinators and create wildflower meadows. If you are interested in their project, find out more information here: https://www.buglife.org.uk/b-lines-hub