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Citizen science and global biodiversity
Citizen science and global biodiversity

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Week 4: Biodiversity recording


You are now familiar with some methods of identifying living organisms, and you will learn about advanced identification techniques in Week 5. It is now time to look at how information about biodiversity can be collected and how citizen scientists can help projects which have the message, ‘We need data!’

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By the end of this week, you should be able to:

  • explain the value of monitoring animals and the type of information that may be obtained
  • outline the advantages and disadvantages of a given plant survey method
  • give examples of how insects can be collected and surveyed
  • understand the role of citizen scientists in monitoring and surveying projects.