There are a number of ways that you can get involved. One of the most important ways is to send in your wildlife sightings to TWIC. These can range from ad hoc records to dedicated monitoring work over a number of survey seasons. The beauty about recording is anyone can contribute and there is something for all levels of experience. Take a look below at what you can do.
Become a member of TWIC
The Wildlife Information Centre has always had members but as an organisation has not been very active in encouraging people to become members. We are now trying to rectify this so that those that contribute their records to TWIC or are involved in TWIC in some other way can feel part of the organisation.
You can apply for membership of TWIC subject to the provisions of the Memorandum and Articles of Association of TWIC, copies of which are available from the TWIC office, by filling in the Individual Membership Form.
The membership fee of TWIC is currently set at £5 and the membership year runs from 1st April to 31st March. Membership fees for the following year will be set at the AGM held in the autumn as part of TWIC’s Autumn Conference.
Membership benefits include:
Voting on resolutions and the election of Directors at the AGM.
Receiving TWIC Newsletter produced in electronic format every six months. If a member wants a hard copy this can be requested. The newsletter will only appear on TWIC website six months after production.
Access to a members only section on the online TWIC Discussion Forum.
Advanced notice of TWIC events with limited spaces.
Access to all TWIC events, such as recording excursions, conferences, etc.
Members will be free to come in and consult TWIC’s Library. Membership money will go towards expanding TWIC’s library.
Access to TWIC’s data bases for personal use only.
Access to TWIC’s list of species specialists.
Discounted rate on any future TWIC publications.
Organisations can also apply for membership. They should email email@example.com and details of how an organisation can become a member will be emailed.
The Wildlife Information Centre holds very limited data on the distribution of hedgehogs across the Lothians and Scottish Borders. By launching a survey of hedgehogs and inviting everyone to send in details of all their hedgehog sightings TWIC hopes to develop a clear picture of the status of the hedgehog in our region. We will be able to develop a baseline to monitor what is happening to hedgehogs in the future.
Please click here to learn more about hedgehogs and to submit any sightings you've made of hedgehogs.
Scottish Borders Habitat Data
The Scottish Borders Habitat data has been derived from the analysis of aerial photographs. This dataset is an extremely valuable resource for the people of the Borders as it is the first time that we have had access to a proper understanding about what wildlife habitats we have and where they are found.
We need volunteers who can go out and visit sites and compare the information held in the Scottish Borders Habitat dataset with what they find on the ground. To find out more about this click here.