Survey Protocols

Survey methods for Rock Pool Project events

Rock Pool Bingo Surveys (NBN code = RockPoolBingo)

These are unstructured surveys designed for where participants simply record as many species as they can within the boundaries of the survey site. Children are given bingo cards to complete the activity with common rock pool species arranged in a grid. Species found that are not shown on the bingo cards can also be recorded. Each species is recorded by the participant photographing the specimen in the field. Images are verified by Rock Pool Project staff/volunteers. Data are considered to be “Presence Only”, meaning that absence of a record for a species should not be considered as an absence of a detection. Participants may have seen the species and not recorded it. There is no time limit to the search and participants are allowed to discuss and share finds with each other.

Rock Pool Bingo Surveys are completed in small groups with adult supervision.

Biodiversity surveys (NBN code = BiodivAnemones , BiodivFalseCrabs, BiodivPeriwinkles & BiodivTrueCrabs)

These are structured timed searches designed for ages nine to adult. In pairs, participants target a specific taxonomic group. Taxonomic groups are assigned to pairs in the following priority order:

  1. True crabs – Infraorder Brachyura – survey NBN code = BiodivTrueCrabs
  2. False crabs – Infraorder Anomura – survey NBN coe = BiodivFalseCrabs
  3. Anemones – Order Actiniaria – survey NBN code = BiodivAnemones
  4. Periwinkles – Family Littorinidae – survey NBN code = BiodivPeriwinkles

The general protocol is as follows:

  1. Read your species group information card and speak to RPP staff about how and where to look for your species.
  2. Walk to close to the waters edge within the survey area.
  3. Take a picture for yourselves for the report.
  4. Start a 20-minute timer.
  5. Search for your species.
  6. If you find a species then photograph it with the RPP device.
  7. If you find another individual of the same species then you can photograph that too but you don’t have to. Just one per species is fine.
  8. You can photo any other species you want to as well. These will be in your ‘Mini-bioblitz results.
  9. After the timer stops you can keep recording species for your Mini-bioblitz.
  10. Return your device to the event staff – who then upload your images and data

The output from each survey is a complete presence/absence list for UK species within the focal taxonomic group, plus any additional species, which should be considered to be “Presence Only”, meaning that absence of a record for a species should not be considered as an absence of a detection.

Species lists for survey groups – based solely on UK species – if and when any additional species are found within these taxonomic groups, they would be added to the list. Click here to see the full species list for each group.



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