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Try your hand as a citizen scientist

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Try your hand as a citizen scientist
Published 5 July 2017
Are you a budding botanist or citizen scientist? Well, here’s a chance to try your hand in the field.

Are you a budding botanist or citizen scientist? Well, here’s a chance to try your hand in the field.

^^ Teams of environmental volunteers have been recording plants and flowers around the City of Playford, recording their data as a resource for the Council and local botanists. Photos: SuppliedYou should explore and share your observations of the natural world via the inaturalist website.

Local naturalists have helped create a handy new local plant guide, and a Playford Nature Spotting project for people to add their local sightings. Through the guide you can:

Snap pics and GPS the locations of local plants and animals;

Look up the handy guide to discover what they are;

Or ask others to help you ID;

Join other like-minded people in recording spots where you've found something interesting.

It's all part of a bigger City of Playford project that has been operating since August last year.

Teams of volunteers have been doing vegetation surveys of Playford’s reserves, recording native plants and pest weeds.

“They are mapping where our best areas are to conserve, and where our pest weeds are that need treating,” City of Playford Mayor Glenn Docherty said. “Along the way the volunteers have learned plant identification skills and contributed to the future conservation of Playford's nature reserves.”

Over 40 people have participated in the project so far.

If you have any queries about the projects or would like to volunteer in our plant nursery, contact Renae Williams (8256 0333 or playford@playford.sa.gov.au). Handy links: Playford Nature Spotting City of Playford Guide<< This example of the Wahlenbergia stricta, or Australian bluebell, was found near Frank Barker Road, Humbug Scrub.^^ A volunteer hard at work compiling environmental data as part of a City of Playford nature spotting project.