Managed for Wildlife Trials Volunteering Opportunity

8th June, 2022

Help monitor Perth and Kinross’s biodiversity
The council are currently naturalising 42 trial site areas in selected parks and greenspaces across Perth and Kinross through greatly reducing mowing and leaving grass and other plants to grow and flower. We are looking for volunteers to help monitor these areas to identify if they have demonstrated enhanced biodiversity in comparison to the nearby mowed areas.

This is a great opportunity to get outside and connect with nature. Counting the wildlife you see is great fun and can give an invaluable insight about the state it’s in. Spending time in nature is also linked to improvements in mood, mental health, and emotional well-being.

The site survey shouldn’t take long to complete, 15-20 minutes should do, ideally on a monthly basis from now until September. No specialist knowledge is required to fill in the survey. We have an online form to make recording easier and it allows picture uploads. However, if you would prefer to manually complete the form through printing it, that is also an option.

The full list of the 42 trial sites is available on the PKC website. The recording form and guidance is also available on the website. Out of our 42 trial sites, 12 require regular monitors:

  1. Rattray Common
  2. Macrosty Park, Crieff
  3. Sauchie Park, Crieff
  4. Guildtown Park
  5. Goshen Park, Scone
  6. Kinrossie Park
  7. Jubilee Park Alyth
  8. Wolfhill Common
  9. Langlands Park, Luncarty
  10. Davis Park, Kinross
  11. Riverside Walk, Aberfeldy
  12. Coronation Park, Bankfoot

If you would like to take part in the surveys to help us build up a clearer picture of the biodiversity we have in cut vs uncut grass areas, please do get in touch via emailing the name of the trial area that you wish to monitor to [email protected]