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Author Wal, René ♦ Anderson, Helen ♦ Robinson, Annie ♦ Sharma, Nirwan ♦ Mellish, Chris ♦ Roberts, Stuart ♦ Darvill, Ben ♦ Siddharthan, Advaith
Source SpringerLink
Content type Text
Publisher Springer Netherlands
File Format PDF
Copyright Year ©2015
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Social sciences ♦ Public administration & military science ♦ Administration of economy & environment
Subject Keyword BeeWatch ♦ Biological recording ♦ Bumblebees ♦ Citizen science ♦ National Biodiversity Network ♦ Species distribution ♦ Environment ♦ Ecology ♦ Atmospheric Sciences ♦ Physical Geography ♦ Environmental Management ♦ Environmental Engineering/Biotechnology
Abstract To assess the ability of traditional biological recording schemes and lay citizen science approaches to gather data on species distributions and changes therein, we examined bumblebee records from the UK’s national repository (National Biodiversity Network) and from BeeWatch. The two recording approaches revealed similar relative abundances of bumblebee species but different geographical distributions. For the widespread common carder (Bombus pascuorum), traditional recording scheme data were patchy, both spatially and temporally, reflecting active record centre rather than species distribution. Lay citizen science records displayed more extensive geographic coverage, reflecting human population density, thus offering better opportunities to account for recording effort. For the rapidly spreading tree bumblebee (Bombus hypnorum), both recording approaches revealed similar distributions due to a dedicated mapping project which overcame the patchy nature of naturalist records. We recommend, where possible, complementing skilled naturalist recording with lay citizen science programmes to obtain a nation-wide capability, and stress the need for timely uploading of data to the national repository.
ISSN 00447447
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2015-10-27
Publisher Place Dordrecht
e-ISSN 16547209
Journal AMBIO
Volume Number 44
Issue Number 4
Page Count 17
Starting Page 584
Ending Page 600


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