TWIC Members' Newsletter Spring 2015

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TWIC Members’ Newslettter: Spring 2015


Graeme Wilson

As TWIC Manager, I attend a lot of meetings and spend a lot of time behind my desk, but when I do get out into the field I never know what is going to turn up. Recently, I was leading a Bumblebee walk at Wilton Lodge Park as part of the work we do with Scottish Borders Council and I netted my first ever Tree Bumblebee! This species was first recorded in the UK in Hampshire in 2001 and is now occasionally seen in the Borders. The rapid spread of this species is very impressive and shows the importance of biological recording. Because people have been recording Bumblebees we know when this species arrived and how quickly it is colonising our country. If it were not for recorders, we would not have as good an understanding of how our biodiversity is changing, and if any action is needed or can be taken to conserve wildlife. Keep up the good work of recording and also help those who show an interest to get more involved.

News and views

TWIC Spring Conference, 25th April 2015
58 wildlife enthusiasts from across the region gathered for the TWIC Spring Conference at Newtown St Boswells on April 25th. The conference theme was ‘Arrivals and departures: the changing face of wildlife in the Lothians and Borders...
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Double Double Toil and Trouble...

Jackie Stewart

Sadly there is no magic spell to get rid of duplicate records. Sometimes they occur accidentally within a single spreadsheet, but more troublesome are the duplicates that can occur because identical records have made their way into more than one dataset. This can happen if, for example, a recorder sends records directly to us but also sends them to others such as the appropriate vice county recorder or national organisation...

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Updated Vascular Plant Recording Spreadsheet

Christine Johnston

Some of you will be familiar with TWIC’s recording spreadsheets for different taxonomic groups, which can be used to aid data entry into Excel.  The spreadsheets are simply Excel documents that incorporate a drop-down list from which the species name can be picked, and they enable the cells that will contain the information about a record to be populated by the click of a single button, once certain fields are filled in...

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Scottish Biodiversity Information Forum (SBIF) Spring Conference, 16th April 2015

Christine Johnston

On the 16th April 2015, the Scottish Biodiversity Information Forum (SBIF) held its first conference at the Battleby Conference Centre, Perth. The theme was Making the Most of Biodiversity Data and the purpose of the day was to provide Forum supporters with an update on our Action Plan, to launch our first publication (also called Making the Most...

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Forthcoming TWIC Excursions

A list of recording excursions can be viewed on the recording events page of the TWIC website.

Doors Open Day

Sat 12th September
TWIC Offices, Vogrie Country Park
Opening Times: 11am - 4pm

TWIC is opening its door again as part of Doors Open Day in Midlothian to allow people to come in and see some of the work that we do, find out about the different wildlife surveys we are involved in and learn how they can take part if they want to.  Please feel free to come along and drop in to see us.

Doors Open Day Bat Walk
Walk Times: 1945 - 2130 hrs

Vogrie Country Park closes its gates at dusk so arrive by 1945 hrs and come down to Vogrie House for a Bat Walk led by TWIC Manager, Graeme Wilson.  Spend a couple of hours behind the closed gates of the country park to see and hear - using bat detectors - the different bats that can be found there.  You will also learn lots of batty facts and if you are lucky, see some other nocturnal wildlife as well!

Numbers are limited, so booking is essential. Phone 0131 271 3521 to book.

Other Events

TWIC will be taking part in the following events this summer and autumn:

Sun 14th June, 12 - 4pm
Roslin Glen Teas in the Park
Roslin Glen Country Park, Main Car Park in Lower Glen
Organised by the Friends of Roslin Glen and Midlothian Council Ranger Service. FREE
More information

Sat 11th July 2015
Penicuik Estate BioBlitz
Penicuik Estate, Midlothian
Organised by the Penicuik Estate Ranger Service.
More information.

Fri 24th – Sat 25th July, 5pm – 5pm
Dawyck BioBlitz
Dawyck Botanic Garden
Organised by the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE). Event free, but normal Garden admission charges apply.
More information
Sun 4th October, 11am – 4pm
Apple Day
Harestanes visitor centre, near Ancrum
Organised jointly by Scottish Borders Council and Borders Organic Gardeners. FREE.
More information

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