The report also asked volunteers why they donated their time as wildlife surveyors. Most said they wanted to contribute to wildlife conservation and research. They also commented: “It’s great fun,’ ‘I can do it anywhere, anytime,’ it gives ‘personal satisfaction, a positive aspect to our daily walks,’ and it provides ‘health and relaxation – a great hobby – always something of interest wherever you go.’
There are many organisations which need volunteers, including local ranger services and wildlife societies, as well as national organisations such as Biological Recording in Scotland (BRISC), Scottish Wildlife Trust (SWT), RSPB, British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), Butterfly Conservation, Botanical Society of the British Isles (BSBI), Plantlife, British Lichen Society, British Bryological Society, the Scottish Ornithologists’ Club, the Bat Conservation Trust, British Dragonfly Society, Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels, and the Bumblebee Conservation Trust.
There are also regional and local groups throughout Scotland, such as the Inverness Bat Group, the Highland Biological Recording Group, Curracag (the Outer Hebrides Natural History Society), the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust, the Glasgow Natural History Society, Edinburgh Natural History Society and the Paisley Natural History Society.
For general advice on where to volunteer across Scotland, local records centre are usually a good place to start, including the North East Scotland Biological Records Centre, Fife Nature Records Centre, The Wildlife Information Centre for the Lothians and Borders, Dumfries and Galloway Biological Records Centre, and the Shetland Biological Records Centre.
|Greylag geese (Anser anser) - Photo: Scottish Natural Heritage|