Nature lovers are being invited to take part in a citizen science project this weekend.

The event is being organised by RSPB Scotland as part of an effort to encourage local people to get closer to nature.

Residents are asked to record any wildlife in their area using a free app.

Sarah-Jayne Forster, manager of RSPB Scotland’s Giving Nature a Home project, said: “This is a great way to discover the wildlife and plants that live where you live.

“Over the past year, many people have found solace in nature and reconnected with their local area. Taking part in this project will not only help you learn more about wildlife but also contribute useful data to biological records.

“We’re encouraging everyone to take part over the four days. It’s a such a good activity to get children involved with and do as a family.

“You don’t need any previous experience of nature recording – all you need is your phone with the iNaturalist app on it.

“The only criteria for submitting records is that the photo must be of wild species, so no pets or garden plants. You can record what you see from your windows, spot in your flower boxes, find outside in your garden or spot in your local park.”

“Just remember to follow government advice and social distancing guidelines while undertaking your citizen scientist work.”

To sign up, click HERE