P10: Ecology I

E-poster session | Chairperson: Mariana Varese | Tuesday, 08 September 2020 | 18:15-18:30

18:15-18:20  |  P10.1 Diversity for biodiversity: social inclusion and butterflies monitoring in a citizen science project

Author/s: Simona Bonelli, Francesca Martelli, Federica Paradiso, Anna Laura Ventresca, Alessandra Riganello, Tamara Pollo, Franca Dall'Armellina and Giorgio Gallino

Presenter: Federica Paradiso

Farfalle in ToUr is an innovative Citizen Science project that promotes social inclusion through butterfly conservation in Turin urban areas (NW Italy). The project was born in 2014 thanks to the proposal of doctors of Mental Health Centres, who immediately involved scientists. Farfalle in ToUr involves fragile people, in all the project activities: creating butterfly gardens with suitable native plants, observing and recording butterflies, managing the website, training other volunteers, engaging stakeholders. Creating connections between green areas means, at first, allowing butterflies to overcome urban barriers, and at the same time, helping users to fight isolation and social stigma.

18:20-18:25  |  P10.2 From ash dieback to Chalara fraxinea: creating expert citizen science Observatree volunteers to record UK tree health

Author/s: Rebecca Gosling

Presenter: Rebecca Gosling

The UK’s Observatree project has developed and delivered the tools and resources to create expert citizens scientists. These citizen scientists are then able to accurately conduct tree health surveys to identify and record priority pests and diseases. This valuable data is submitted to tree health professionals to act fast to mitigate the spread and impact of pests and diseases on our woods and trees. This poster covers how the network has been developed, the tools used and the results from the project. From this other projects and networks can share ideas and learnings regarding best practice on this topic.

18:25-18:30  |  P10.3 BioDiversity4All: 10 years recording “fantastic beasts” in Portugal - how a citizen science project made people more connected with nature and scientists more connected with citizens

Author/s: Patrícia Tiago, Inês Rosário, Cristina Luis, Filipe Ribeiro and Luís Ferreira

Presenter: Patrícia Tiago

“Portugal has no naturalistic tradition!”, “Citizens data is unreliable!” or “This information can compromise species conservation!”. These were some of many concerned comments BioDiversity4All had to deal with, at the beginning of the project. Growing slowly, adjusting the path to academia, citizens, local authorities, making national and international partnerships and implementing specific initiatives was the way to develop and improve the project for ten years. BioDiversity4All became useful for different target audiences and citizens/scientists realize the advantages of citizen science. The project results, today, in more than 360,000 biodiversity records, from over 7,500 observers and validated by 5,300 identifiers.