We are looking forward to introducing our new Scottish Dragon Finder project this evening at the Scottish Parliament. Scottish Dragon Finder is a fantastic project that aims to conserve Scottish reptiles and amphibians through practical conservation and public engagement activities. The event is being sponsored by John Wilson MSP and we hope to have representatives from a range of organisations, including; RSPB, Scottish Natural Heritage, Royal Scottish Geographical Society, Scottish Universities, local community groups and many more. We will also be joined by teachers and pupils from local primary schools, who have written some fantastic Dragon stories and poems to be read at the event.
We have received a grant of £422,400 from The Heritage Lottery Fund to run the Scottish Dragon Finder project over the next 4.5 years. Scottish Dragon Finder will involve communities, school children, gardeners and hill walkers in improving fresh-water ponds across Scotland, identifying and recording the current amphibians and reptile populations and in learning activities to raise awareness of the endangered species and the role they play in the country’s biodiversity. We’ll be organising a huge variety of events and activities including: ‘Dragons on the Move’, ‘Swimming with Dragons’, ‘Dragon Tails’, ‘Dragons in your Garden’ and many more.
Dr Vicky Ogilvy, Scottish Dragon Finder project manager, says “We are thrilled to be bringing our innovative Dragon Finder project to Scotland. We will be introducing people who have never seen these animals before to the wonders on their doorstep, and encouraging those who spend a lot of time outdoors to let us know when they see amphibians and reptiles through our free app. We’ll be hosting some really creative educational activities and hosting trainee placements, alongside work to create and restore habitats across Scotland.”
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