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 Scotlandand 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 EasyFundraisingand 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!
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.
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.
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 www.wildlifeinformation.co.uk.
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.