Did anyone see this year’s Winterwatch? A great series, this year the team were based in Scotland, but each programme features a lot on our urban wildlife. It’s available for another twenty or so days, so have a look while you have a chance. Episode 1 of the most recent series can be found by clicking here.
The team highlighted the importance of Citizen Science projects and encouraged us to take part. For an explanation of on Citizen Science click here and take a look at the video, you’ll also see information about a few of the Citizen Science activities we’ve run in OP previously.
We’re planning our community activities for 2019 for you to take part in, but in the meantime, there’s plenty you can do to help OP’s wildlife.
Watches presenter, Michaela Strachan
“The only way we can really help our British wildlife, is if we have as much information as we can about it’s needs, it’s current status and it’s environment. To achieve that we need as many people as possible to take action. Citizen science is a powerful tool and getting involved makes you feel empowered.”
“Get outdoors and get involved. Take your partner out, take your nan out, take your kids out and above all else, have FUN! (Psst! You’ll also be making a REAL difference for wildlife, one data point at a time…).” Watches presenter, Gillian Burke
The BBC team say “No matter where you live, there are plenty of projects to get involved with this winter. What’s more, getting out and about in nature has far-reaching benefits on our mental wellbeing and physical health”.
All BBC information above was sourced from: BBC Winterwatch 2019 website
Projects for February 2019
Mammal Mapper – The Mammal Society
Surveying the UK’s mammal populations
The following information has been adapted from the Mammal Mapper page on The Mammal Society’s website
Iconic species like hedgehogs are very poorly monitored. This makes it difficult to know which regions or habitats are most important, or to detect changes in their population sizes. The Mammal Mapper is designed to record information on the location and number of animals spotted on walks or bicycle rides.
Users of the Mammal Mapper can record sightings of any mammal, including field signs such as burrows and mole-hills as well as live animals. The app includes detailed guides to help identify animals by their appearance and is very easy to use.
Mammal Mapper is free to download and available on android and iOS in app stores now. Simply click here to download for iOS, and here for Android.
Mammals recorded in OP
|Common Pipistrelle (also|
|Common Shrew||Sorex araneus|
|Grey Squirrel||Sciurus carolinensis|
|Rabbit||Oryctolagus cuniculus |
|Wood mouse||Apodemus sylvaticus|
|Bank vole||Myodes glareolus|
First butterfly sightings 2019 – Butterfly Conservation
The following information has been taken directly from Butterfly Conservation‘s website.
To count as first sightings, butterflies must be seen outside and be active (i.e. not in hibernation). If you are confident that you’ve seen a butterfly species in the UK this year that has not yet been reported below, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. You can follow all the latest sightings, as they happen, on Twitter @RichardFoxBC or on Butterfly Conservation’s Facebook page.
If you would like to get involved with butterfly recording, not just for first sightings, but to contribute to our assessments of UK trends and to underpin conservation, you can download our free recording app or find out how to take part.
Butterflies recorded in OP (up to 2018, this list does not include any species recorded in 2019)
|Essex Skipper||Thymelicus lineola|
|Large Skipper||Ochlodes sylvanus|
|Small Skipper||Thymelicus sylvestris|
|Large White||Pieris brassicae|
|Small Tortoiseshell||Aglais urticae|
|Small White||Pieris rapae|
|Meadow Brown ||Maniola jurtina|
|Common Blue||Polyommatus icarus|
Natures Calendar – The Woodland Trust
The following information is sourced directly from the Woodland Trust website.
Record the signs of the changing seasons near you. From leaf buds bursting to birds arriving and blackberries ripening. Following the link above to their website you’ll find information on:
How to record: a quick guide
How to record in three simple steps and quick tips on choosing your species and locations.
Species they record
Find out which trees, shrubs, flowers, grasses, fungi, insects, birds and amphibians you can record.
Why they record certain species
You can only record events that occur in certain species. Find out why these species were selected for Nature’s Calendar.
Why we record
In the last few decades there has been a trend towards increasing temperatures. Nature’s Calendar records help us predict some of the ways wildlife will be affected by this.