Citizen science is an incredibly valuable tool when trying to understand the wider picture of what is going on in the natural world around us. There are hundreds of ways to get involved in citizen science projects, across a multitude of different conservation and monitoring organisations. This, however, may be fairly daunting for the novice citizen scientist and with the backdrop of the current lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of these projects simply are not running at the moment.
Despite having to adhere to restrictions on meeting in groups, there are still ways and means of contributing to citizen science data sets, without putting each other at risk. With ever smarter smart phones finding their way into our pockets, it is possible (if you are lucky enough to own one..) to download apps where you can upload your sightings of wildlife.