Get wild with the Clyde and Avon Valley Wildlife Campaign 2017

Pull on your wellies and grab a pencil - it's time to get involved in the Clyde and Avon Valley Wildlife Challenge and 500 Words Competition 2017!

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Date posted: Friday, 23 December 2016

Running for the full calendar year, the campaign includes wildlife spotting events and two competitions which can be entered by children. It focusses on one species per month that can be found throughout the year in local woodlands such as Chatelherault Country Park, RSPB Scotland Baron’s Haugh, Dalzell Estate and Scottish Wildlife Trust Falls of Clyde. The species are goosander, otter, great spotted woodpecker, kingfisher, badger, blue tailed damselfly, bats, candlesnuff fungus, comma butterfly, nuthatch, roe deer and salmon.

Get involved to find out more about local wildlife, visit local nature reserves, take part in wildlife spotting events and help contribute to the iRecord wildlife database. There are two competitions that may be entered as part of the campaign.

Female Goosander - #CAVWChallenge species of the month for January 2017. Copyright Davie Abraham. Female Goosander - #CAVWChallenge species of the month for January 2017. Copyright Davie Abraham

The first is the Clyde and Avon Valley Wildlife Challenge #CAVWChallenge. Complete the 12 species checklist to be awarded with a certificate and be entered into a special prize draw.  Join in with wildlife spotting events, download your own spotting guides and enter your findings to iRecord, to tick off the 12 species that you are challenged to find on the checklist. For full details, follow the campaign link below, under 'Related Projects'. Download spotting guides and the checklist, and link to iRecord from here too, or use the links on the right. Join in the conversation on social media using #CAVWChallenge

Otter - #CAVWChallenge species of the month for February 2017. Copyright Davie Abraham. Otter - #CAVWChallenge species of the month for February 2017. Copyright Davie Abraham

The second is the Clyde and Avon Valley 500 Words Competition (open to children ages 5 - 9 and 10 - 12). Children are invited to pick one of the 12 species (listed above) to write a fictional story or poem about in under 500 words. Each entrant will be awarded with a certificate and be entered into a special prize draw. Entries will be judged on originality, plot, characterisation, language and enjoyment by a panel of expert judges: C A Hope (author of the New Lanark trilogy), the Lanark Writers Group and South Lanarkshire Countryside Rangers. For full details, follow the campaign link below, under 'Related Projects'. Download the 500 Words Competition full guidelines and submission form from here too or use the link on the right under 'Other Resources'.

“The Clyde and Avon Valley is home to a fascinating array of wildlife,” says Donna Marshall, CAVLP Programme Manager.

She continues, “The area is home to the Clyde Valley National Nature Reserve (NNR) which is one of the ecologically richest areas of Scotland, as well as other spectacular woodlands. The woodlands are often hidden in dramatic river gorges, creating ribbons of wild land that lace the local landscape where nature thrives. We’re urging people to get to know this amazing landscape and the wildlife that can be found within it through this campaign.”

Great Spotted Woodpecker - #CAVWChallenge species of the month for March 2017. Copyright Davie AbrahamGreat Spotted Woodpecker - #CAVWChallenge species of the month for March 2017. Copyright Davie Abraham

The first #CAVWChallenge spotting events are as follows:

  • Feed the Birds in Strathclyde Country Park: Saturday 21 January, 1:30 – 2:30pm
  • Get Ready for the Big Garden Birdwatch at RSPB Baron’s Haugh, Motherwell, Sunday 22 January, 10am – 12 noon
  • World Wetlands Day Guided Walk at RSPB Baron’s Haugh, Motherwell, Sunday 5 February, 10am – 12 noon

Full details of the events can be seen by clicking the 'Join In' tab in the menu bar above and selecting 'Upcoming Events'.

The Clyde and Avon Valley Wildlife Challenge and 500 Words Competition must be entered by Sunday 31 December 2017. The campaign is a partnership project between Heritage Lottery Fund supported Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership, North Lanarkshire Council,  RSPB Baron's Haugh, Scottish Natural Heritage, Scottish Wildlife Trust Falls of Clyde and South Lanarkshire Countryside Rangers. Find out the full details for the campaign by clicking the link below, under 'Related Projects'.

Related Projects


Clyde and Avon Valley Wildlife Campaign 2017

Clyde and Avon Valley Wildlife Campaign 2017

Enter the Wildlife Challenge and 500 Words Competition

#CAVWChallenge: Feed the Birds in Strathclyde Country Park

#CAVWChallenge: Feed the Birds in Strathclyde Country Park

Part of the Clyde and Avon Valley Wildlife Challenge 2017

#CAVWChallenge: World Wetlands Day Guided Walk

#CAVWChallenge: World Wetlands Day Guided Walk

A guided walk around the wetland at RSPB Scotland Baron's Haugh Nature Reserve