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Find methods to inventory and monitor populations of species and the environments they live in.


Inventory is a one-off survey or assessment with no intention to remeasure. Monitoring assesses change or trends by remeasuring the same variables over time.

Modules in the Toolbox describe inventory and monitoring methods for different species. Comparative tables and decision trees in each module will help you choose the most appropriate methods for your study.


What's new November 2018

Interested in standardised marine contamination monitoring methods? We have two new methods under the Marine: sampling of water and sediment chemistry and Marine: sampling environmental contaminants

Updates in development

Freshwater ecology and Freshwater fish modules

Animal pests method site occupancy 

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We welcome feedback and suggestions.

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How to cite publications in the toolbox

Documents useful for project planning 

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