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Citizen Science

In addition to leading tours, Natalie is involved in a number of environmental education and advocacy projects. The projects below all use the power of citizen science to allow volunteers to collect meaningful scientific data whilst learning about their surroundings.

Clyde Marine Mammal Project

The Clyde Marine Mammal Project is a relatively new voluntary organisation, focused on improving the level and quality of information on the Clyde's charismatic megafauna.

Through regular surveys and a comprehensive citizen science program it is hoped that we can raise awareness as to the importance of the local environment to marine mammals, and what the public and local businesses can do to protect them. 

Natalie's role with CMMP is the implementation of the citizen science sightings scheme. The goal of this area of the partnership is to educate people about the Clyde's amazing marine life and encouraging them to report their mammal sightings. 

If you would like to submit a sighting of a marine mammal or basking shark in the Clyde Sea, then please drop Natalie an email.

The Open Air Laboratories (OPAL) network is a UK-wide citizen science initiative that allows you to get hands-on with nature, whatever your age, background or level of ability.

OPAL develop activities and resources, including our national surveys, which allow you to get closer to your local environment while collecting important scientific data. We also arrange and take part in nature events and workshops around the country.

Natalie works with OPAL as a Community Scientist, helping local community groups and schools discover more about their environment and contribute to national data-sets.

You can learn more about OPAL here  www.opalexplorenature.org
The Clyde Nurdle Quest

The Clyde Nurdle Quest is a joint project led by Natalie and Fidra, the organisers of the Great Nurdle Hunt.

Nurdles (pictured above) are pre-production plastic nibs which frequently escape the manufacture process, travelling through out watercourses and eventually arriving on beaches world-wide.

Volunteers contribute to the mapping of nurdles in the Clyde Sea Area by routinely walking a stretch of local beach and recording the number of nurdles observed there. We collate the data on the density and distribution of nurdles in relation to other types of plastic debris in order to assess the levels of microplastic debris in the Clyde Sea. 

You can learn more about The Great Nurdle Hunt here www.nurdlehunt.org.uk