The end of the Scottish Dragon Finder project is now upon us and the last four and a half years have been filled with many activities seeing tens of thousands of people throughout Scotland learning more about amphibians and reptiles and volunteering their time to help our species. The Scottish Dragon Finder team ran over 250 sessions engaging over 33,000 people throughout the project. Also 70 habitats were created or restored as part of the project. Scottish Dragon Finder impacted far and wide across Scotland working across 31 of the 32 council areas.
On the 9th June a talk on Scottish Dragon Finder was given at the Glasgow Science Festival Conference (Amphibians and Reptiles of Scotland: current research and future challenges) at the University of Glasgow. The conference was well attended in Glasgow’s tropical weather conditions and the talk, providing an overview of the project, was well received with positive feedback.
Staff completed site visits to the final 10 sites across Scotland, gathering data on the ponds and checking their condition before finishing our reports. Aerial footage was recorded at many of the sites too which can be put together soon to see the ponds from a different perspective.
Our last event took place at Rouken Glen Park in East Renfrewshire as part of World Environment Day. Along with East Renfrewshire staff and other charities, Scottish Dragon Finder hosted a stall and ran pond-dipping at the park’s pond with many enthusiastic families!
Many thanks to our funder, Heritage Lottery Fund, for funding Scottish Dragon Finder and all the other funders who contributed towards the project’s successes. A big thanks to all those who volunteered their time on Scottish Dragon Finder, helping us accomplish so much since 2014.