Celebrating and recording invertebrates in the North Pennines.
Cold-blooded and Spineless is an ambitious and exciting North Pennines AONB Partnership project which aims to record and celebrate invertebrates in the area.
This is a five-year Heritage Lottery Funded initiative, which runs until 2019.
There are 30,000 different species of invertebrate in the UK. According to the State of Nature report, 66% of invertebrates studied in the uplands have declined in the last 50 years. Yet for many species there is insufficient data to predict population health. Invertebrates are underappreciated for their contribution to the function of our ecosystems, from soil nutrient cycling and pest control through to pollination. Many invertebrates are a vital food source for all kinds of birds, fish and mammals.
Without data, we are unable to make fully informed conservation decisions on these small but valuable animals who live in our upland habitats. We need people of all ages and abilities to join in and discover the wonderful North Pennines invertebrate kingdom. We have a community arts and science programme to support this.
Training for volunteers
To help broaden our knowledge in the North Pennines, we want to develop people’s expertise in some important and accessible groups of invertebrates. This year we are offering further training for beginners plus intermediate level training for those ready to progress to the next stage. There are a number of training workshops, paired with field trips and surveys to help people improve their practical skills. To book on our identification workshops, please visit our events page. Additional activities and field trips will be announced through our monthly newsletter. To receive a copy of this, all you need to do is register with WildWatch.
All findings can be submitted on the WildWatch recording pages.
If you would like to get involved with the project, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.