Scotland

Practical Conservation

The Scottish Dragon Finder Project aims to create and restore amphibian and reptile habitats across Scotland. With the expansion of cities, loss of greenspace and intensification of farming, homes for our amphibians and reptiles can become scarce. However, with the correct management, our wildlife can still thrive in urban conditions and rural areas can have their potential to support native amphibians and reptiles realised. Froglife Scotland has a wide range of previous experience of creating excellent habitats, with enthusiastic support from our local partners and volunteers, during our Living Water Projects in Glasgow and North Lanarkshire.

We are looking for volunteers to help us create and restore wildlife havens – so, regardless of your experience / skill level, why not see what Dragon Finder events are happening near you!  Volunteering is a great way to get outdoors and stay active in a fun way, whilst learning new skills and meeting people in your community of a similar mind-set. Volunteering on survey and monitoring events will also increase your knowledge of our amphibian and reptile species.

alyth vol day july 14 (3)The Scottish Dragon Finder Project aims to create or restore 63 sites in Scotland providing a minimum of 12 hectares across 14 of Scotland’s local authority areas. This includes pond creation, pond restoration and creation of terrestrial habitats and we need your help to complete this!  The experience volunteers can gain with Froglife can also empower them to maintain these areas in the long term.

Example volunteer practical tasks:

  • Habitat creation and restoration.  This may involve digging, planting / seeding, clearing debris / vegetation and building hibernacula – cosy homes for amphibians and reptiles!
  • Surveying for amphibians and reptiles.
  • Site maintenance – clearing litter, managing overgrown vegetation or monitoring water levels as needed.

If this sounds like something you would like to be involved in please contact us to find out what volunteer opportunities are happening / coming up near you.

What’s new

You can find out about our latest habitat sites in 2016 here or see some of our previous sites from 2014 and 2015!

Froglife Training Package

Froglife also offer paid training courses if you are looking for something different. Courses are run from set locations in London, Peterborough and Glasgow, where staff have excellent facilities and knowledge of sites where you can see animals and explore their habitats. Click here to find out more.