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New wildlife project at University of York
AMATEUR bird watchers and nature lovers can have their observations recorded with the professionals as part of a new University of York wildlife project.
The university is compiling a record of the different forms of wildlife and wild plants found on its campus, including the Heslington East expansion.
The Stockholm Environment Institute has launched a new website where anyone, including members of the public, can record or view any sighting of any form of willdlife or plant life on the campus.
As well as being used for research at the university, the website’s database will feed into local and national recording schemes covering specific types of life ranging from butterflies and birds to beetles and wild flowers.
Dr Rachel Pateman, a research associate with the institute, said: “The new website is an ideal opportunity for any member of staff, student, or visiting member of the local community to get involved in biological recording and become a citizen scientist.
“Biological records play a key role in documenting changes in species’ ranges, detecting the effects of climate change and the arrival of alien species, as well as allowing researchers to assess rarity and threat.”
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