2015 was another great year for our Greener Greenways projects in Scotland, England and Wales.
The project continued training volunteer Wildlife Champions across the country in the identification and recording skills needed to monitor wildlife on traffic-free sections of the National Cycle Network.
The results for 2015 have been written up into two reports, one for Scotland and one for England and Wales, showing how the National Cycle Network provides vital habitats for wildlife and plays a role in connecting areas of habitat fragmentation.
All of the surveys undertaken in 2015 fed into national datasets, not only do volunteers participate in surveys run by other organisations such as Bumblebee Conservation Trust’s Bee Walk and Butterfly Conservation’s UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme, but we have also formed a partnership with online wildlife recording website iRecord.
This partnership allows volunteers to record their sightings in a unique dataset for the National Cycle Network which is then used by our Greener Greenways ecologists. However it means that their reports are also accessible by national recording schemes, local record centres and vice county recorders.
Through iRecord over 400 species were recorded on the Network in Scotland by volunteer Wildlife Champions in 2015. In England over 330 species were recorded on the Network via iRecord and 1,059 wildlife records were submitted in this format alone during 2015.
Members of the public can also log their wildlife sightings on the National Cycle Network by visiting our iRecord form.