- Bags of opportunity for good
- Getting to know... Eve Keepax
- A year of opportunity ahead
- How I’m trying to waste less this Christmas
- Unmasking a looming litter emergency
- A Canal College® journey
- Volunteering during a pandemic
- Applauding the unsung heroes who manage our award winning parks and beaches
- Socially distant but learning together
- Getting to know.......Lisa Snedden
- Waste vs the pandemic: finding a new normal for single-use cups
- Now is the time to change
- Could the Global Goals provide a framework for the green recovery?
- Getting to know....Connor Launder
- Our incredible Beautiful Scotland and It’s Your Neighbourhood community
- Getting to know our people behind Climate Ready Classrooms
- Lockdown litter - a community view
- Looking after beaches
- Time for a more sustainable future, a greener and fairer one for all
- Getting to know.....Claire Gibson
- The Origins of George Wyllie's 'Original Earth Guarantee'
- Getting to know... Aoife Hutton
- National disgrace of lockdown litter
- The healing power of local places
- Tackling Covid-19 and climate change at a community level
- Amid the Coronavirus crisis the climate emergency has not gone away
- Bringing environmental education home
- #TurdTag – getting creative to tackle dog poo
- Preparing young people to take action on climate change
- Running on community power
- Reconnecting with nature
- Coronavirus isn't an excuse - flytipping is still a crime
- Sowing seeds of hope in our community
- Hope for the environment post-Coronavirus?
- From Eco-School Committee to environmental charity
- You can’t tackle the climate crisis unless you are climate ready
- Why everyone wins when you take part in Beautiful Scotland
- Entering our third decade with a splash
- Is 2020 the year for a circular economy in Scotland?
- A year in the life of: the campaigns and innovation team
- Scottish Partnership Against Rural Crime
- Setting sail: all aboard the partnership
- Free wheeling
- Scotland is thirsty for change
- This #ScotClimateWeek, are you ready to pledge?
- Upstream Battle at Whinhill Primary School
- Elaine Hopley on our Upstream Battle week of action
- 20 September climate strikes: what took place and what happens now?
- Playing our part to reduce cup waste
- The funeral of a glacier: time to pull the emergency brake
- Get your Paws on Plastic
- Arran – exploring its hidden gems
- It’s time to take action to reverse climate change
- Monitoring litter to help keep Scotland beautiful
- Tackling Our Unsustainable Cup Consumption
- Cups hitting the ground: what we learned at TRNSMT Festival
- We All Have To Fight The UpStream Battle
- It's rubbish that people have to clean up after litter bugs
- The power of pocket gardens
- Registering your clean up makes a difference
- Tackling climate change starts at home
- Speaking the language of Carbon Literacy
- The life of a Keep Scotland Beautiful intern
- Wheatley Group: two years on and still going strong
- Roadside Litter: Think twice before you chuck
- Our citizen scientists are ready to make waves for Upstream Battle
- Taking a stand on climate change – what actions will you take?
- The Cup Movement will tackle our litter culture head on
- Working across borders to tackle climate change
- Celebrating 25 years of Eco-Schools in Scotland
- Climate change – it’s personal
- Putting young people first for our environment at Keep Scotland Beautiful
- Treading lightly – steps to lower our carbon footprint
- Aunty Babs washes her spoon and so should you
- Climate change: we can all do our bit
- Have yourself a green Christmas
- Shifting up a gear on Scotland’s roadside litter problem
- It’s time to consign our litter problem to the dustbin of history
- We can save our seas by starting at home
- Everyone can do their bit to protect the world – what’s your Goal?
My name is Brian, and I’m currently Acting Survey and Data Coordinator.
I first started working for Keep Scotland Beautiful way back in 2006 as a Survey Officer and I have spent my career working on our Local Environmental Quality and Management System (LEAMS). This system provides us, and those we work alongside, with unique data sets on levels of litter, dog fouling, flytipping, flyposting, graffiti and vandalism, and weeds and detritus.
I’ve always loved the outdoors and so it just made sense to choose a career looking after it. Lucky for me, my job means I get to travel around Scotland to conduct surveys and meet people so my office view quite often looks like this instead of a desk:
Before I joined Keep Scotland Beautiful, I spent time at the Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) learning skills to care for the countryside like dry stone dyking, outdoor education, land conservation and lambing. During this time I also helped guard Peregrine Falcon nesting sites (and chased stray sheep out of the rangers’ caravan!). I then lived in Canada for five years where I tried downhill skiing (poorly) and wild camping on the Great Lakes. I also spent time at Stirling University studying Environmental Science.
Nowadays, I coordinate the logistics, and help to carry out environmental quality surveys on randomly selected streets every year before analysing the 14,000 data sets that we gather from those surveys and writing reports. It’s detailed work but worth doing.
We also survey parks and beaches in a similar way, and I carry out some of that work too. This often means I’m outside in all weathers, rain, sleet, hail and even the rare Scottish sunshine but I don’t mind at all because the data that is collected from these surveys helps us to get a picture of Scotland’s litter problem and provides us with the information we need to develop, evidence the need for and to target campaigns and programmes to get address the root problems.
When I am in the office (or for now at my desk/dining/kitchen table at home) I spend my time analysing data and writing reports for local authorities and partners. I also provide training to enforcement and duty body staff on Abandoned Vehicle legislation, the Code of Practice on Litter and Refuse, the Environmental Protection Act 1990 Section 89 and LEAMS. Like everyone, we’ve had to adapt to coronavirus restrictions, so things have changed somewhat, but we have adapted and are now active again.
My hope for the future is that our natural environment is given more importance because it has the power to improve health and wellbeing and our general outlook on life. Right now, we’re working on a new auditing methodology with our partners at Zero Waste Scotland and I’m looking forward to delivering that in the coming years.