The guided walks and counts were held in multiple locations across Kirrie from Kirrie Hill, Kate’s Wood and The Quarry, to Westmuir Community Woodland, The Den and even some back gardens! They covered birds, fungi, plants, trees, amphibians & reptiles, water mini-beasts, insects, swifts, bats and moths. At the Nature Hub, members of the public were able to make bird & bug boxes, dissect owl pellets, view our nature art mini-exhibition, and get involved in different nature-themed crafts. Angus Rangers also provided information films about wildlife in the local area.
We were delighted to have input from RSPB Assistant Warden Ami Kirkbright who ran a kick-sampling session in The Den, and the Buglife B-Lines project worker and FIT Count trainers Claire Pumfrey and Melissa Shaw, who ran FIT count training and carried out some intensive surveying at our community garden. Volunteers from Scottish Wildlife Trust also came along to support the Nature Hub. The Nature Hub provided an excellent networking opportunity for walk leaders and experts, and the soup and cake was greatly appreciated!
Over 100 people joined the guided walks and counts over the weekend as well as 50 children from Northmuir Primary School. All the data that was collected was gathered up and inputted into iRecord by our staff and volunteers; this will not only help us create a Kirrie Nature Report in early 2023, but it also contributes towards research and decision making at a national level.