Science as a hobby?

It is common to participate in 'the arts' in your spare time, but less common to get involved in 'the sciences'.

Many people who enjoyed science subjects at school have had little opportunity to continue them once they leave, unless they opt for a scientific career. 

In a small way Chippenham Collective can help you maintain or regain that interest through our involvement in national citizen science schemes.

Citizen science dates 2024

All sessions are from 6.00pm - 7.30pm unless stated - join Chippenham Collective to find out the meeting places.



Sunday 19 May  Earthwatch Tiny Forest Wildlife Count - our data has been submitted 


Thursday 30 May - checking reptile refugia (also being used by muntjac as warm, dry beds!)


Thursday 27 June


Thursday 25 July


Thursday 29 August


Thursday 26 September


Other dates may be added, so keep an eye on this page.

Citizen science is a fun, engaging way of contributing valuable scientific information to researchers, to help understand and preserve the natural environment. It can be done by anyone, whatever their skill level. 

Examples of citizen science projects include: 

RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch 
Earthwatch's Tiny Forest Wildlife Count
Froglife's Spawn Survey


So what is citizen science?

What does it involve?

Participating in the RSPB's Big Garden Bird Watch or using Froglife's Dragon Finder app and that's just for starters.....

Chippenham Collective is lucky to be able to call on expertise in identifying wildlife such as birds, mammals and insects. We know the signs, the calls and the habits.

Citizen science can involve going for a walk - or sitting still - with an app or a pair of binoculars. It can also be more complicated but we are here to guide you.

We believe that we can't look after the environment if we don't know who we are sharing it with and what their needs are. 

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