More funding for nature in Fife
Published: Friday 10 Aug 2018 by Fife Council
A Two-Banded Longhorn Beetle spotted in Fife
Fife Nature Records Centre, managed by Fife Council’s Access and Biodiversity team, has been awarded funding from Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), to help more people get involved in wildlife recording and increase what is known about Fife’s biodiversity.
The funding, worth up to £6,666, will run to the end of March 2019. Lindsay Bamforth, who manages Fife Nature Records Centre explained: “This follows three years of funding from SNH, through which the Records Centre provided training for budding wildlife recorders in Fife. Topics included bumblebees, dragonflies, longhorn beetles, spiders, butterflies and mosses! Other opportunities to get up close to nature came through bioblitzes, events where as much wildlife as possible is recorded. The team were also able to help others by assisting with events, loaning equipment and ID guides and providing technical support.”
This period also saw the records centre gather over 100,000 wildlife sightings, bringing the number of records held in Fife to well over half a million. Having this information in one place helps make sure that decisions that affect local biodiversity are well-informed.
Stuart Graham, Funding Officer for SNH, said: “We’re happy to have seen so much accomplished and are pleased to continue to support Fife Nature Records Centre to increase knowledge of Fife’s wildlife and help preserve it for the future.”
Lindsay added: “The progress so far wouldn’t have been possible without Fife’s excellent species experts who give up their free time to help, or the support of conservation organisations and local groups. Huge thanks to everyone who’s told us about wildlife they’ve seen too! I’m thrilled with what was achieved and we’re looking forward to doing more.”
Photo credit: Bryan Smith
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