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Orkney Field Club were instrumental in setting up the Orkney Wildlife Information & Records Centre and continue to take an active interest in what happens at the centre.

For more information on the Orkney Field Club and events run throughout the year by the club, click here.

For further information contact Brian Ribbands, Membership Secretary, Orkney Field Club, Queenamidda, Rendall, Orkney. Tel: 01856 751439.

Tel: 01856 771535


15 July 2017

Event: OWIARC Open & Identification Day

Venue: Orkney Library & Archive

Time: 12:00 am 4:30 pm

This event is an opportunity to find out about the work that OWIARC does, and a chance to have any unidentified specimens you have identified by local experts. Microscopes and identification books and guides will be available on the day. More details will follow in due course.

19 August 2017

Event: Bioblitz at Happy Valley, Stenness

Time: Times to be announced

A chance to join members of OWIARC and Friends of Happy Valley to find and identify as many species as possible during the day.


National Plant Monitoring Scheme

The National Plant Monitoring Scheme (NPMS) is a new habitat-based plant monitoring scheme with the aim of collecting data to provide an annual indication of changes in plant abundance and diversity.

Results from their 2015 monitoring scheme can be found in the NPMS Spring newsletter, which can be downloaded here. The dataset for 2015 is also available via the NBN Gateway.

The scheme is a partnership between The Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland (BSBI); The Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC); The Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) and Plantlife and is backed by the government. The scheme will recruit and support volunteers to survey 5 plots in a kilometre square close to where they live. The plots will be surveyed twice a year. The plants have been chosen as indicators of the health of individual habitats. There are 3 levels volunteers can participate at depending on confidence and knowledge and support will be provided both through training; web and telephone. Squares that are available for take up in the 2016 survey can be viewed here.

If you would like more information on this scheme visit www.npms.org.uk

Website of The Botanical Society of Britain & Ireland
Website of The Joint Nature Conservation Committeel
Website of The Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
The website of Plantlife


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