Packed programme planned for annual wildlife recorders’ day

The Kirriemuir Swift Conservation Project will be up for discussion.

The Kirriemuir Swift Conservation Project will be up for discussion.

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What do Wild Cats, Small Blue Butterflies and Barn Owls have in common? They will all feature at the eighth Tayside Wildlife Recorders’ Day which will take place at the Camperdown Wildlife Centre on Saturday, February 28.

The annual event, open to anyone with an interest in wildlife, is hosted in turn between Leisure & Culture Dundee, Angus Council and Perth & Kinross Council.

The day will bring together anyone interested in citizen science and biological recording with a range of national and local experts.

Catherine Lloyd, from the Tayside Recorders’ Forum said the programme includes short talks on how to get involved in Wild Cat Action, an update on the North East Scotland Mammal Atlas, and the latest information about butterflies and moths in Tayside.

She continued: “We will also be welcoming speakers from the Marine Conservation Society, Perthshire Wildlife and the Botanical Society of the British Isles to talk about coastal surveying opportunities, Swifts in Kirriemuir, and Kinross-shire bogs.

“We are very pleased this year to welcome two key speakers, Dr Roy Watling of the Scottish Fungi Group, and Professor John Grace who will outline the new Urban Flora of Scotland. And still on a plant theme, there will be a demonstration of the new PlantTracker app to record invasive species.

“To complete the day, there will be an overview of Rare Sightings of Birds in Perthshire, and an update on two Tayside projects focusing on Barn Owls and Tree Sparrows.”

Place are available on a first come first served basis and can be booked by downloading a form from the ‘What’s on’ section of www.taysidebiodiversity.co.uk. Further details can also be found on the Tayside Wildlife Recorders Facebook page.