Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park has been awarded £66,100 from the Heritage Lottery Fund and £39,986 from Greater Renfrewshire and Inverclyde LEADER for an exciting project called Tag-n-Tack (TnT). It will take place in Renfrewshire, Inverclyde and North Ayrshire and Project Officer, Hayley Douglas, will use the latest technology to track birds and provide educational, training and volunteering opportunities.
The project will involve tagging lesser black-backed gulls to investigate their movements as they migrate between the local area and their haunts in Southern Europe. The Regional Park Chairman, Councillor Gilmour, said: “Tag-n-Track is a ground breaking project that will inspire school children, involve communities and add to our knowledge of conservation. The project will let people see that there is more to these Amber listed birds than stealing chips”.
TnT will host various events, talks and workshops including bird ringing demonstrations, use of wildlife cameras and guided gull identification walks. People have been intrigued to watch birds being ringed and enjoyed getting up close to wildlife in the Regional Park. Volunteering and training opportunities will allow people to learn about wildlife monitoring, data recording and talking to the public to help develop with their career skills. There will also be a schools programme with pupils having the opportunity to use data recording and mapping systems to help monitor the wildlife found in their local area.
Lucy Casot, Head of HLF Scotland, said: “Our natural heritage is a most precious resource and, thanks to National Lottery players, HLF grants have helped to protect an amazing range of landscapes, habitats, and species of plants and animals. HLF is delighted to support Clyde Muirshiel’s Tag-n-Track project which will enable participants to learn and develop new skills in the natural world and so help them conserve it for future generations.”