Welcome to the latest TWIC Newsletter. It is always a great pleasure writing the welcome to the Newsletter but I have to admit to having a bit of an issue knowing what to write this time! Not because there is nothing to write about but because there is so much! There is our Scottish Spider Search that is now live on iRecord as a recording activity. There are all the events that TWIC has taken part in this year like the RSPB Scotland’s Duddingston BioBlitz, Girlguiding Scotland’s Rise to the Challenge at Glamis Castle and the Borders’ Science Festival at Harestanes. There are all the different workshops we have held across our area including Introduction to Biological Recording, Small Mammals, Dawn Bird Song and Botanical workshops. Then there is our excursion programme that visits so many varied and interesting sites over the recording season. Of course there is our conferences, of which the spring one of this year was a huge success and we are in the midst of planning our autumn one. It is so hard to choose what work of TWIC’s to write about that I have now ran out of room to say anything!
The Scottish Spider Search Katty Baird The search for spiders continues. This month the spotlight is on the Four-spotted Orbweb spider. An impressive species which according to the records on the TWIC database has only been seen in a sprinkling of locations across SE Scotland... Read more.
Photograph: Chris Cathrine
Data Update Jackie Stewart In July 2017 the number of records in TWIC’s Recorder 6 database reached 2.3 million – and now, in the second week of September, we are just over 30,000 away from 2.4 million... Read more.
WILDGuides: Britain’s Mammals
A field guide to the mammals of Britain and Ireland by Dominic Couzens, Andy Swash, Robert Still and Jon Dunn. Published by Princeton University Press ISBN 978-0-691-15697-2 RRP £17.95 Reviewed by Graeme Wilson Read more
Visit the TWIC Events page for details of other events taking place in south east and central Scotland in the near future.
-- Friday 22 Sept
Inner Forth Landscape Initiative (IFLI) Sphagnum Moss ID Workshop
Wester Moss (Stirling) Fully booked
-- Sat 23 Sept
Inner Forth Landscape Initiative (IFLI) Introduction to Fungi Microscopy
Clackmannan County Cricket Club nr Alloa (Clacks)
-- Sat 23 Sept
Saving Scotland's Red Squirrels: Red Squirrel walk, talk & children's activities
Argaty Red Kites, Doune (Stirling) Download flyer (PDF, 240 KB)
-- Sat 30 Sept TWIC Small Mammal Workshop
Paxton House (Scottish Borders) Fully booked - waitlist in operation
TWIC Autumn Conference & AGM: In Pursuit of Wildlife
Saturday 25 November 2017
Stow Town Hall (Scottish Borders)
**SAVE THE DATE!**
Speakers confirmed so far include Alasdair Lemon (Buglife's Marvellous Mud Snails project). There will also be update talks from Alexa Seagrave (Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels Project) and David Jarrett (South of Scotland Bat Survey).
Stow is accessible via train. The station at Stow is a short walk from the venue.
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