A big part of our mission to build upon the work of the Local Biodiversity Partnerships (eg Ryedale LBAP, Scarborough LBAP) is to helping to connect relevant people across their local patch and beyond. One of the themes echoed strongly from stakeholder workshops at our inaugural Connecting for Nature Summit was the issue of making contact. Consider these for starters: Connecting local groups with with volunteers, practitioners with site managers, local naturalists with new sites to study, connecting landowners with graziers, passionate lay-people with knowledgeable experts, Jack-of-all-trade conservationists with go-to specialists, Parish Councils with key people who can advise them, local eyes-on-the-ground with decision makers.. etc… I think you catch my drift. So with a increasingly tight constraints upon local authorities and decision makers, stretched resources (financial and human) how can we do this better?
How does Connecting for Nature use Social Media?
This online forum is about joining people together with a common interest in biodiversity-related work in our part of Yorkshire. It is a Group rather than a Page meaning that all members can contribute (and are encouraged to do so), not just the users who are ‘Admins’ for the Group. Great to see that the Group now has 110 members with a dozen or so new in the past fortnight. Because this is run in parallel with the more official email list of Partnership members, it is much more informal, immediate and social, allowing anyone to comment and respond to pictures, news, links etc. We are trying to be liberal in our membership thus ‘anyone who cares about nature in Ryedale, Scarborough or the Howardian Hills’ can click the button to request to join. Then an admin can approve you. Members can ‘share’ a post or page or event from elsewhere on Facebook, which is quick and easy or write their own words to accompany a photo so there’s no reason to be shy. Come and add your voice to speak up about local biodiversity. What’s close to your heart? Do share news, stories, questions, requests.
Our a Twitter account, @CFNature is growing in following (94 accounts follow it at time of writing) but is necessarily biased to the Scarborough end of our patch as most tweets are generated by Tim Burkinshaw (who entered the twittersphere in 2012 as @CarrsWetland). We do have the capacity to share the account details with other users who can tweet as @CFNature now and then – please contact Tim (firstname.lastname@example.org) to learn more.