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.
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:
The general protocol is as follows:
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.
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