TWIC Members' Newsletter Spring 2017

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TWIC Members’ Newsletter: Spring 2017

Manager's Welcome
Graeme Wilson


It is that time of year when most wildlife recorders are coming out of their winter hibernation of data inputting and are hoping to get back outside to see what spring brings, but the TWIC team of staff and volunteers has been busy over the winter. There has been plenty to do including data processing to be done, local sites to assess, data to be put on the NBN Gateway for transfer to the NBN Atlas Scotland and planning for the year ahead. We have a lot of exciting stuff lined up including taking part in BioBlitz, undertaking recording excursions, more workshops than previous years and our usual high quality conferences.

To be able to carry out all this work we need to maximise our income. We get income from Scottish Natural Heritage through a grant, from Local Authorities through Service Level Agreements and from consultants for providing data. However as we are a charity we are trying to increase income from that side. This includes registering for Gift Aid with HMRC and also increasing donations. One way to donate to TWIC that does not cost anything is by one off registration with EasyFundraising and doing your online shopping via their website. There is no cost to you but the company you are purchasing from will donate to TWIC. Full details can be found elsewhere in this Newsletter.

Of course anyone can still donate to TWIC in the traditional way either as a one off or as a standing order. If you are interested in the later please get in touch with the TWIC office and we can supply a standing order form.

Even if you cannot help TWIC by donating, we do appreciate all the effort individuals put into TWIC by giving their time or expertise voluntarily to support our work.

Many thanks to all!

Latest News

Chair's Report for 2015-16
Sarah Eno

The TWIC AGM was held on 1 March 2017 and included the following report from Sarah Eno, TWIC Chair. Read the full report here.
The Scottish Spider Search is Here!

Introducing our new wildlife survey - The Scottish Spider Search! We need your help to find out more about 4 easily identified spiders! More information.

Edinburgh Biodiversity action plan 2016-18

A 2016 Progress Report on Edinburgh's Biodiversity Action Plan is now available on the City of Edinburgh Council's Website.
NBN Gateway Closure
Steve Hannah

As of the 31st March 2017, the NBN Gateway will close.  After nearly 15 years of operation, the time has come to retire this mainstay of biodiversity data... 
Read more.

The SBIF Review

As part of a review of the biological recording infrastructure in Scotland the SBIF Advisory Group have created a questionnaire to seek the views of all involved in biological recording whatever role they have in the process. More information on the questionnaire and a link to it can be found here.

Upcoming Events

Visit the TWIC Events page for listings of events taking place in the near future in south east and central Scotland:
TWIC Spring Conference - 29 April 2017, Musselburgh

Bookings are now being taken for the spring conference "Farming and Biodiversity in Scotland –
 An Essential Partnership
”, which will take place on Saturday 29 April 2017 at the Brunton Hall in Musselburgh, East Lothian. For more information visit
Inner Forth Landscape Wildlife ID & Survey Workshops 2017

IFLI have lots of events planned for this season in the Inner Forth area, including a host of FREE identification workshops such as Grasses & Sedges ID, Bumblebee ID and a series of Bird ID workshops.


Individual listings for each event and booking information can be found on the IFLI event calendar at

Help TWIC Raise Funds When You Shop Online!
Graeme Wilson

Did you know that whenever you buy anything online – from your weekly shop to your annual holiday – you could be collecting free donations for The Wildlife Information Centre?

There are over 3,000 shops and sites on board ready to make a donation, including Amazon, John Lewis, Aviva, thetrainline and Tesco – it doesn't cost you a penny extra!

It's as easy as 1, 2, 3...

1. Head to and join for free.

2. Every time you shop online, go to easyfundraising first to find the site you want and start shopping.

3. After you’ve checked out, that retailer will make a donation to your good cause for no extra cost whatsoever!

There are no catches or hidden charges and The Wildlife Information Centre will be really grateful for your donations.

Thank you for your support.

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