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Evaluating Promotional Approaches for Citizen Science Biological Recording: Bumblebees as a Group Versus Harmonia axyridis as a Flagship for Ladybirds

Comont, R.F. and Ashbrook, Kate (2017) Evaluating Promotional Approaches for Citizen Science Biological Recording: Bumblebees as a Group Versus Harmonia axyridis as a Flagship for Ladybirds. BioControl: Journal of the International Organization for Biological Control, 62 (3). pp. 309-318. ISSN 1386-6141 Online: 1573-8248

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Abstract

Over the past decade, the number of biological records submitted by members of the public have increased dramatically. However, this may result in reduced record quality, depending on how species are promoted in the media. Here we examined the two main promotional approaches for citizen science recording schemes: flagship-species, using one charismatic species as an umbrella for the entire group (here, Harmonia axyridis (Pallas) for Coleoptera: Coccinellidae), and general-group, where the group is promoted as a whole and no particular prominence is given to any one species (here, bumblebees, genus Bombus (Hymenoptera: Apidae)). Of the two approaches, the general-group approach produced data that was not biased towards any one species, but far fewer records per year overall. In contrast, the flagship-species approach generated a much larger annual dataset, but heavily biased towards the flagship itself. Therefore, we recommend that the approach for species promotion is fitted to the result desired.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: biological recording, citizen science, verification, Bombus, hypnorum, bumblebee, ladybird
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Q Science > QL Zoology
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Science and the Environment
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Depositing User: Kate Ashbrook
Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2016 10:07
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2017 01:00
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/5013

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