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Action for Nature

Experience the benefits of spending time in nature.

Kirriemuir is home to some wonderful wildlife. You might see a red squirrel scamper over the fence on the walk to school, or hear some swifts screaming through the town on a summer evening. It’s easy to think these animals, wildflowers and landscapes, will always be there. Yet, our everyday decisions can make it harder for nature to thrive.

As part of our 5-year strategy, we support our community to understand and appreciate the role and benefits of nature, both globally and locally, so that we can best protect, support and restore our natural world. To kick this off, our team of volunteers and staff ran a BioBlitz weekend in August 2022 to get a baseline for how the wildlife in Kirriemuir was faring in our changing landscape and climate.

Our BioBlitz

What is a BioBlitz you might ask? It’s a survey of species across a specific geographical area at a specific moment in time. Our BioBlitz mostly took place over a weekend in August 2022, where our volunteer experts and enthusiasts carried out 27 different walks, talks and surveys of the local wildlife hotspots. These included Kirrie Den, Kirrie Hill, St. Mary’s Field, Kate’s Wood, Caddam Wood, and more. Over 150 people participated in the weekend, with over 700 sightings recorded on iRecord by our dedicated Action for Nature volunteers. You can read about the event, including a full species list, in our BioBlitz Report.

What are Sustainable Kirriemuir’s Action for Nature Aims?

  • Promote, protect and restore our local natural biodiversity.
  • Study, record and track our local nature, and share this with our local community to inspire our work.
  • Promote the health and wellbeing benefits of spending time in nature.
  • Study our local extreme weather events, the effects on nature, our vulnerabilities, and help support our community’s resilience with a better understanding of appropriate adaptations.

What can you do to help us achieve this?

  • Join our Action for Nature group who meet every second month and take lots of action, big and small, to maintain and improve habitat for wildlife, and raise awareness, survey and monitor local species, and improve awareness and education on all things nature!
  • Attend our nature themed workshops and events like our Kirriemuir BioBlitz!
  • Help us add to our Wildlife Encyclopaedia to learn more about our local creatures.
  • Take part in some nature-friendly gardening by volunteering at our Community Garden.
  • Tell your friends and family about us, and encourage them to join in with our activities!

Did you know…

Scotland is in a biodiversity crisis with one in nine Scottish species threatened with extinction.

How can I be a Citizen Scientist?

January
Take part in the Big Garden Birdwatch.

July
Take part in the Big Butterfly Count.

Year Round
Monitor pollinators in your garden or a local green space.
Report any squirrel sightings, especially any greys!
Record any swift sightings on the Swift Mapper app.
Carry out a Big Seaweed Search.

An Update from the SK Team…

Spring is such a beautiful season, the countryside looks amazing right now!
Kate, Chairperson, Sustainable Kirriemuir

Being A Member of SK

Sustainable Kirriemuir is a great group to meet like minded people taking small or large steps to live in a more sustainable way.

Pat, Member, Sustainable Kirriemuir

Our Local Area

Kelly Ann Dempsey, Angus Council

Sustainable Kirriemuir are doing an excellent job of bringing an appreciation and understanding of both common and rarer wildlife to the community, providing opportunities for all ages to get involved in protecting and enhancing the biodiversity of Angus.

Kelly Ann Dempsey, Team Leader - Environment & Climate Change, Angus Council

Get in Touch

Together we can make good choices and live better, join Sustainable Kirriemuir!

If you would like to know more about what we are doing please get in touch. We are always looking for new members to join our organisation. If you have particular knowledge around climate change issues, or growing, making and mending skills you’d like to share, or just want to know more, we want to hear from you. Everyone is welcome, together we can make a difference.