RSPB Big Birdwatch – January 30th at Dundee Botanic Garden

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The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch is the world’s largest wildlife survey now in its 37th year. Over half a million people take part every year and it gives the RSPB vitally important information about how our garden birds are faring. Taking part is easy, you just need to spend an hour of your time watching feathered visitors in the University of Dundee Botanic Garden and recording what you see. The RSPB will use the data gleaned from the event to ascertain which species are most at risk and require conservation measures. Lauren Shannon, Community Engagement Officer for the RSPB said, “We’ve s...

Teaching in Nature session at Botanic Garden

Teachers from across Dundee, Angus and Perth and Kinross met at the University of Dundee Botanic Garden yesterday to take part in the ‘Teaching in Nature’ project funded by Scottish Natural Heritage. The project gives teachers the opportunity to assess a suitable natural area for its educational potential, choose or develop activities for their classes, and test them out. Practitioners from primary, secondary or pre-school sectors across a range of subject areas will work as teacher-researchers to inquire into some of the key research questions around outdoor education. Yesterday, the project g...

January Plant of the Month

Araucaria araucana (Monkey puzzle, Chile pine) Family: Araucariaceae Origin: Chile, Argentina   Araucaria araucana or a monkey puzzle tree as it s better known is an evergreen conifer native to Chile and Argentina. It is also the national tree of Chile. It was introduced to the UK by Archibald Menzies in 1795. Its branches are clothed in sharply pointed, triangular dark green leaves, and mature plants bear cones on the upper branches, usually male and female on separate trees. The monkey tree is a popular garden tree, planted for its unusual effect of the thick, "reptilian" branches wi...

Festive opening hours

Our festive opening times are: Christmas Eve             10am-3:30pm Christmas Day             Closed Boxing Day                  Closed December 27th            10am-3:30pm December 28th            10am-3:30pm December 29th            10am-3:30pm December 30th    &nb...

Join the Big Garden Birdwatch at the Botanic Garden

Join RSPB Scotland at the University of Dundee Botanic Garden to take part in the Big Garden Birdwatch - the world’s largest wildlife survey! More than half a million people from across the UK are set to take part by counting the birds in their gardens. Discover which birds can be found in the garden and get useful tips from RSPB staff and volunteers on identifying them. You can also find out more about how to Give Nature a Home in your garden and children can get messy making bird feeders to take home. The event will take place on Saturday 30th January 2016, 11am-3pm. The cost to enter the Garden wi...