Citizen science is usually research projects where the public is directly involved, often involving recording species or changes in the environment around you, and where data can help inform both professionals and the wider community. In Ireland, you can submit bird, mammal, insect and flora data to the National Biodiversity Data Centre.
The Irish Wildlife Trust is a firm believer in Citizen Science and develops projects involving elements of awareness raising, training and species surveying, so involving the public at different levels.
We are currently running a National Reptile Survey and People for Bees training workshops.
We are calling for records of once-off sightings from the public as well as recruiting volunteers of the native common lizard (Zootoca vivipara) and the introduced slow worm (Anguis fragilis) in their local area.
The People for Bees project will see us deliver training on bee identification, bumblebee monitoring, and bee friendly habitat creation to community groups and members of the public in every province of Ireland.
Our Waterways for Wildlife programme sees IWT staff and volunteers conducted a wildlife survey of a stretch of the Grand Canal, during which the local community play a full role in documenting the natural heritage found.
For more information on past projects see the links below: