Citizen Science, Surveys and Fieldwork


In order to accumulate the largest datasets possible many groups request that members of the public submit sightings to a centralised database.  The results can then be compared with previous years sightings and analysed for emerging trends. You can usually record sightings on their website or increasingly through specalised apps for your phone.  Research projects may ask for citizen scientists to complete an online survey to help answer some of the more complex problems.

Other organsiations and surveys require one off or regular surveyors to complete fieldwork across the country, these include long running surveys such as BTO's breeding bird survey.
Taking part in any of these surveys will give you useful experience and also help to extend the scientific knowledge of a species, so vital for appropriate conservation management. Some include training in survey techniques and a few may even pay expenses (these are often listed in the main volunteers section).


Participants: If you are interested in helping with any of the surveys detailed below please contact the website or person listed.
Survey Organisers: 50 word listings are free, submit your details here.

row of snails on a stone (image: cablemarder / pixabay)


Including surveys covering full habitat, bioblitz, air and climate.

puffins taking off and landing on grey rocks (image: Ray hennessy on unsplash)


Bird sighting reports, breeding bird survey, ornithological fieldwork.

red squirrel (image: Vincent van zalinge on unsplash)


Mammal tracks, monitoring programmes, report evidence seen.

common toad (image: Kathy Buscher / pixabay)


Toad patrol, reptile survey, breeding data.

blue cornflowers in grass (image: Alija / Pixabay)


Plant disease observation, includes mycology plus moss & lichen, alien invaders.

orca surfacing, head and rosal fin visible (image: Tim Cole on unsplash)

Fish / Marine

Shorewatch, seashell, beach finds, open water observations, marine sightings.

peacock butterfly 9image: Ed van Duijin on unsplash)


Beetles and butterflies, minibeasts, invasive (problem) insect identification and sightings.

boundary between brown ploughed land and green grass 9image: Elizabeth Lies on unsplash)

Scientific Research Projects

Help with PhD/Masters/Uni research projects.