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Biodiversity of ponds: developing and testing new approaches to data collection in the voluntary sector - WC1043

The project will provide funding for improving the value of biodiversity surveillance schemes, through encouraging structured surveillance to provide greater statistical power to detect change. The aim is to improve the quality, consistency and policy relevance of existing biodiversity surveillance undertaken by volunteers.
To provide funding for methodological or analytical development of biodiversity surveillance undertaken by volunteers that will contribute to one or more of the following objectives:
1. To develop revised sampling strategies that provide more representative assessments of biodiversity change
2. To improve status reporting for species for which the UK has legislative or international responsibilities (either through revised sampling strategies or methodological development)
3. To increase the amount of information that can be extracted from existing datasets, either on biodiversity change or on ecosystem service delivery
4. To stimulate cultural change amongst volunteer recorders that encourages more systematic data collection
5. To provide tested models for adoption more widely across taxon groups.
Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : PondNet Defra final report   (1442k)
• ANX - Annex : PondNet Defra annex report   (665k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2011

To: 2014

Cost: £119,871
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Pond Conservation
Wildlife conservation