Help and Advice

Resources

The following organisations/websites may be helpful if you are looking for specific information or advice. For example, looking for places to visit locally to see wildlife; training or events you can attend; or volunteering opportunities for doing something practical.

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Hamilton Natural History Society encourages our members to report back wildlife sightings (we have a wildlife spot at our winter meetings and recording sheets on our summer outings). If you are a beginner, you will not need any specialist equipment to come on our outings as usually, other members will have brought along binoculars, guidebooks etc. which you are welcome to share. Local libraries usually hold a reasonable selection of guidebooks. Many organisations produce free information leaflets/ID guides which can be picked up at outdoor events, nature reserves etc. or downloaded/provided as apps or you can use one of the general websites such as iSpot or the Natural History Museum or one of the specialist/professional bodies.

Many of the organisations listed run "citizen science" projects, as the value of amateur sightings adds greatly to the professional records. Some have been going for many years such as the RSPB's "Big Garden Birdwatch", some are more recent such as the Society of Biology's "Flying Ant Survey". If you find something local you would like to report, either contact us (send a record of what you found, preferably with a digital photo - we do not advise collecting from the wild) or contact your local Countryside Ranger service or County Recorder

If you find a site not listed that you found useful - do let us know and we will add it. Also, if you are a local group who would like to be on the list/linked, then contact us at:   info@hamiltonnaturalhistory.org.uk

Listings

For info on local events, country parks, local parks, nature reserves, outdoor diary, museum collections, planning issues, Biodiversity Action Plan, Local Plan, Core Paths Plan etc., in our area:

South Lanarkshire Council www.southlanarkshire.gov.uk

South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture www.slleisureandculture.co.uk

North Lanarkshire Council www.northlanarkshire.gov.uk

Glasgow City Council www.glasgow.gov.uk

 

For other natural history societies in central Scotland:

Glasgow Natural History Society www.glasgownaturalhistory.org.uk

Edinburgh Natural History Society www.edinburghnaturalhistorysociety.org.uk

Paisley Natural History Society www.paisleynaturalhistorysociety.org.uk

Stirling Field and Archaeology Society www.smithartgalleryandmuseum.co.uk

 

To report wildlife crime / pollution:

Crimestoppers phone/text 0800 555111

Police Scotland 101

SEPA phone/text 0800 80 70 60    www.sepa.org.uk

 

For general natural history:

Biological Recording in Scotland www.brisc.org.uk

Field Studies Council www.field-studies-council.org

iSpot www.ispotnature.org

Kelvingrove Museum/Resource Centre www.glasgowlife.org.uk

National Museum of Scotland www.nms.ac.uk

Natural History Museum www.nhm.ac.uk/identification

Opal Scotland www.OPALexplorenature.org

Scotland's Rural College (was SAC) www.sruc.ac.uk

Scottish Natural Heritage www.snh.gov.uk

Society for the History of Natural History www.shnh.org.uk

Society of Biology www.societyofbiology.org

 

For conservation / volunteering:

Baron's Haugh and Dalzell Woodlands www.jimmymaxwell.webspace.virginmedia.com

Beautiful Scotland www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org

Central Scotland Forest Trust www.csft.org.uk

Central Scotland Green Network www.centralscotlandgreennetwork.org

Central Scotland Green Network Trust (was CSFT) www.csgnt.org.uk

Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership www.clydeandavonvalley.com

Community Links South Lanarkshire www.communitylinkssl.co.uk

Forest Education Initiative www.foresteducation.org

Forestry Commission Scotland www.scotland.forestry.gov.uk

Glasgow and Clyde Valley Green Network www.gcvgreennetwork.gov.uk

Glasgow City of Science www.glasgowcityofscience.com

Greenlink www.greenlinkscotland.org

Greenspace Scotland www.greenspacescotland.org.uk

Hessilhead Wildlife Rescue Trust www.hessilhead.org.uk

John Muir Trust www.jmt.org

National Trust for Scotland www.nts.org.uk

NHS Greenspace Portal www.elament.org.uk

Orchard Revival www.scotlandthefruit.org

Project Finder www.environment.scotland.gov.uk

Scottish Waterways Trust www.scottishwaterwaystrust.org.uk

Scottish Wildlife Trust www.scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk

South Lanarkshire Biodiversity Partnership www.southlanarkshirebiodiversity.co.uk

The Conservation Volunteers (was BTCV) www.tcv.org.uk/scotland

Wildlife Gardening Forum www.wlgf.org

Woodland Trust Scotland www.woodlandtrust.org.uk

 

Animals:

Bees, Wasps and Ants Recording Society www.bwars.com

Birdtrack (BTO) www.birdtrack.net

British Arachnological Society www.britishspiders.org.uk

British Dragonfly Society www.british-dragonflies.org.uk

British Entomological and Natural History Society www.benhs.org.uk

British Myriapod and Isopod Group www.bmig.org.uk

British Trust for Ornithology www.bto.org

Butterfly Conservation www.butterfly-conservation.org

Buglife www.buglife.org.uk

Bumblebee Conservation Trust www.bumblebeeconservation.org.uk

Clyde Bat Group www.clydebatgroup.org

Clyde River Foundation www.clyderiverfoundation.org

Conchological Society www.conchsoc.org

Dipterists Forum www.dipteristsforum.org.uk

Earthworm Society www.earthwormsoc.org.uk

Froglife www.froglife.org

Moths Count www.mothscount.org

Orthoptera Recording Scheme www.orthoptera.org.uk

Royal Entomological Society www.royensoc.co.uk

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds www.rspb.org.uk

Scottish Badgers www.scottishbadgers.org.uk

Scottish Squirrel Survey www.scottishsquirrels.org.uk

The Mammal Society www.abdn.ac.uk/mammal

Scottish Ornithologists Club www.the-soc.org.uk

Terrestrial Heteroptera Recording Scheme www.britishbugs.org.uk

 

Plants:

Botanical Society of the British Isles www.bsbi.org.uk

Scottish Section of the BSBI www.bsbiscotland.org.uk

Botanical Society of Scotland www.botsocscot.org.uk

British Lichen Society www.thebls.org.uk

British Mycological Society www.britmycolsoc.org.uk

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh www.rbge.org.uk

Glasgow Botanic Gardens www.glasgowbotanicgardens.com

Plantlife International www.plantlife.org.uk

 

 

 

The photos on this site were taken by HNHS.

Photo Credits: P. Crossan, P. Harrison, R. Harrison, J. Maxwell, F. Murdoch, C. Murdoch-Burt, M. Neil, M. Pink, N. Tait