Edinburgh citizen scientists – we need you!

We’re calling on ‘citizen scientists’ to roll up their sleeves and help record bumblebee and wildflower populations along the Union Canal in Edinburgh this summer!

Once a month from July until October, we’re looking for volunteers to join our survey walks, funded by the National Lottery, to help care for canalside biodiversity.

By regularly walking along the canal, volunteers will help us build up a picture of the fascinating flora and fauna living along the waterway, which is the life support for canalside wildlife.

Our skilled staff and volunteer leaders will provide full training to all volunteers in how to identify and monitor populations. As well as receiving training, volunteers will keep active out on the canal, and meet new people.

Results will contribute to national surveys by the Bumblebee Conservation Trust and Botanical Society of Scotland to enable a better understanding of bumblebee and wildflower populations across the UK.

Join in by contacting Anna Canning on 07790 885969 or anna@floramedica.org!

Maureen Hill, Scottish Waterways Trust’s Project and Fundraising Officer, said:

We are delighted to bring our biodiversity surveys back to Edinburgh this year, with thanks to funding from National Lottery.

The Union Canal played a major part in Edinburgh’s industrial history, and today the waterway is alive with a diverse range of wildlife and wildflowers which make it their home.

Volunteers can help monitor the incredible biodiversity of our living waterways, all the while learning new skills, keeping active and making new friends.