Citizen Science

If we want to effectively tackle marine litter, we have to fully understand how, where and what types of litter are getting into our waterways.

That's where you come in! We have developed a citizen science methodology, grounded in current surveying best practice to capture important data on litter in the Clyde and its tributaries.  We need your help to gather data on the types, amounts and locations of litter in your local waterway.

We will use the data collected to create Scotland's first comprehensive river litter data set that can be used to understand exactly what we need to do to reduce litter locally, target and support those responsible for litter to clean up their act and inform decision making. 

To get involved follow the steps below. If you are a school, scroll down to the bottom of the page.

How to organise an Upstream Battle event

  1. Download and read our Upstream Battle surveying guide and Survey sheet
  2. Pick your site and decide on a date to conduct your survey
  3. If you are going to add a Clean Up to your survey please register your Clean Up event with Clean Up Scotland on the members site
  4. Contact your local authority to organise litter picking equipment for the event and arrange an uplift for the litter you collect
  5. Promote your event to your broader community to get others involved

On the day

  1. On the day, make sure you brief all your volunteers on the survey methodology, plan for the day, safety and thank them for being involved
  2. Conduct your survey and undertake a Clean Up of the area

After your survey

  1. Spread the word about your event and what you found on social media (don't forget to tag us @CleanUpScotland @KSBScotland #UpstreamBattle #Source2Sea)
  2. Once you are finished you can submit your survey data with Upstream Battle on the members site.


For any further information on organising the Clean Up component of your event please see our Clean Up Scotland info pack. This pack will guide you in detail through the steps involved in organising your own successful litter pick. 

If you have any questions get in touch.

Email us: upstreambattle@keepscotlandbeautiful.org

Citizen Science for Schools

We want schools to participate in the Upstream Battle citizen science project. And it can also provide you with data to develop your measurement techniques. We have developed the following resources to assist you to conduct a survey with your pupils:

Don't forget to check out the Eco-Schools seven elements curricular map and the curricular map showing experiences and outcomes related to the litter topic.

Once completed send your data to: upstreambattle@keepscotlandbeautiful.org



Meet our Anchor Groups

Our Anchor Groups will lead our Citizen Science project. They will adopt and monitor a stretch of their local river or burn across the Clyde valley using our citizen science toolkit. The data collected will provide insight into the types of litter across the Clyde valley catchment and the amount of litter that has the potential to enter the wider marine environment.



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