A wide range of activities, through a programme of walks, talks and other events, provided ‘first encounter’ experiences to a wide audience to enthuse people about invertebrates. A series of beginners and intermediate identification workshops provided ‘close encounters’ for naturalists to develop the skills necessary to survey and identify invertebrates.
Alongside these activities, public surveys were established to involve a wider audience with invertebrates, and also encourage recording. These surveys focused on Oil beetles, Glow worms, Ladybirds and Seashore shells. There were also events aimed at schools and youth groups to engage children to raise awareness with the next generation.
Finally, a Scottish conference and annual meetings of the Scottish Entomologists’ Gathering were planned to connect invertebrate specialists and the new volunteer community, promoting skill sharing.
Overarching all of these strands, the biannual Scottish Invertebrate News newsletter and monthly e-updates were produced to maintain engagement with the growing audience, informing of new discoveries, projects, volunteer opportunities and events, drawing from all organisations and individuals involved in invertebrate conservation in Scotland.