Citizen Science and Volunteer Monitoring

Organisation: The Rivers Trust

Location: National

Type: Case Studies & Projects

Citizen Science is a fundamental data gathering and engagement tool for Catchment Based Approach (CaBA) partnerships to help develop an understanding of the issues in catchments and also to engage their local communities in identifying and delivering solutions.

A CaBA resource pack has been collated to support the CaBA partnerships in their work to protect and enhance the freshwater environment and was updated in 2016 with additional equipment and case studies.

This isn’t an exhaustive guide, but rather a collection of useful links, contacts, technical references and case studies which other CaBA partnerships have used and shared.

If you have something to add please email us or post on the Forum.

CEH / SEPA - Choosing and Using Citizen Science

Find out if citizen science is right for you!

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A strategic framework to support the implementation of citizen science for environmental monitoring

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UK Environment Observation Framework

Practical guidance on developing citizen science programmes.

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Practical River Restoration Appraisal Guidance for Monitoring Options (PRAGMO)

To assist all practitioners in the process of setting monitoring objectives as part of a river restoration project.

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Case Study - Mersey Rivers Trust River Guardians

Mersey Rivers Trust has now trained more than 50 River Guardian volunteers to take regular water samples, to help identify changes in the water quality in the Mersey Basin.

The training is part of the Love Your River and Call of Nature campaigns and will contribute to the water quality reporting required for the LIFE IP funded project, Natural Course.

High levels of phosphates and nitrates in the water can drastically affect the water quality damaging the wildlife that the river supports, and these River Guardians will play a vital role in reporting any disturbances affecting the water quality.

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