JNCC are currently drawing up a workshop proposal for the WSC3, with the working title “Empowering Citizen Science for Seabird Monitoring and Conservation”.
For effective conservation there firstly needs to be good data, to provide evidence on potential negative impacts of pressures but also the positive effects of conservation initiatives. Secondly, the backing and or engagement of the local communities, where conservation strategies are needed or being implemented, can be just as important as the data itself. By encouraging citizens to engage in active monitoring of seabirds and providing them with support, you empower them to take responsibility and ownership of the fate of their seabirds, at the same time gathering vital data on aspects of seabird ecology such as distribution and population. These data can in turn help to shape conservation strategies and policies, and by providing the opportunity for citizens to interact and contribute to the science, conservation can be community-led. With new technologies, such as remote cameras, drones, easy access data recording apps, coupled with a variety modes of communication to reach wide audiences, the barriers once inhibiting such surveys are minimised.
We are looking for a co-lead and or people interested in contributing to this workshop. If you would like more information or want to express your interest please do not hesitate to get in touch by dropping Daisy an email, firstname.lastname@example.org