Celebrating Scottish Invertebrates

The Celebrating Scottish Invertebrates project promoted the importance of invertebrates to communities across Scotland through a series of talks, bug walks, school visits and other events.

This three year project, completed in June 2015, engaged with people to raise awareness of the variety and importance of invertebrates in Scotland and encourage the recording of these often under-recorded animals across Scotland.


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 beetlesGlow 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.

Celebrating Scottish Invertebrates was funded and supported by Scottish Natural Heritage.

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