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. To get involved follow the steps below.

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. 

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 and a Clean Up of the area
  3. If you are conducting a Clean Up please register your event with Clean Up Scotland
  4. Once registered, contact your local authority to organise litter picking equipment for the event and arrange an uplift for the litter you collect
  5. Advertise your event on Facebook and Twitter (tag us @KSBScotland #UpstreamBattle #Source2Sea)
  6. 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
  7. Conduct your survey and undertake a Clean Up of the area
  8. Spread the word about your event and what you found on social media (don't forget to tag us @KSBScotland #UpstreamBattle #Source2Sea)
  9. Once you are finished submit your results here.

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

A note for teachers

We are encouraging schools to participate in the Upstream Battle citizen science project.  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.


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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