EU-wide monitoring methods and systems of surveillance for species and habitats of Community interest
A research project funded by the European Union 
Participatory Monitoring Networks in Europe

1. Name of Organisation:
Species Protection Program Amphibians & Reptiles Rutesheim
1a. Your e-mail:
klaus.henle@ufz.de
2. Organisation address:
Klaus Henle c/- Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research UFZ Department of Conservation Biology Permoserstr. 15 04318 Leipzig GERMANY
2a. Country:  
Germany
3. What geographical area does your organisation cover?
An area within a country Territory of the village Rutesheim and its vicinity, approx. 50 x 50 km
A country  
Other countries
4. When did your organisation start?
1996
5. How many paid staff are in your organisation?
None
6a. Can members of the public (ordinary people) join your organisation?
Yes
6b. If Yes, how many members of the public (ordinary people) currently belong to your organisation?
1-25
6c. Do members of the public who have joined your organisation pay a membership fee?
No
6d. If some members do not have to pay a fee, please explain why
The organisation was an entirely voluntary activity of people interested in amhibians and reptiles and living in Rutesheim or a neighbouring village
7a. What aspects of biodiversity your organisation monitors?
Species
Insects Amphibians Fish Birds Mammals Plants Reptiles
Habitats wetlands that are suitable as breeding site for amphibians (mainly ponds, quarries, bogs, springs)
Other
7b. Please provide a brief description of your organisation's biodiversity monitoring activities.
The organisation attempted an exhaustive survey of all amphibian and reptile population in the region and to monitor yearly changes in abundance of the main reptile populations found as well as species composition and abundance at the main breeding sites of amphibians
8. How long has your organisation carried out biodiversity monitoring activities?
Less than 2 years
9. Are any of your organisation's monitoring activities carried out in collaboration with another organisation/s?
Yes
10. If Yes, please give the name(s) of the organisation(s)
Aktion Biotopsofortschutz which is now called ABS Amphibien & Reptilien Biotop Schutz Baden-Württemberg which is mainly engaged in distributional surveys for amphibians and reptiles (contact via Klemens Fritz - fritz_klemens@debitel.net
11. Do you supply or pass on your monitoring data to other organisations?
Yes
12. If Yes, please give the name of the organisation(s)
Amphibienerfassung Baden-Württemberg (amphibian survey in the state of Baden-Württemberg, funded by the state-agency and organised by the Vogelwarte Radolzell). These activities meanwhile have been taken over by the ABS Amphibien & Reptilien Biotop Schutz BAden-Württemberg (see item 10)
13. Are your monitoring data published in a regular report?
14. Are the report(s) available on the internet?
No
14b. Internet address of report(s):
http://
15. Do volunteers contribute to your organisation's monitoring activities?
Yes
16. Do volunteers have to be members?
No
17. Please estimate the proportion of your organisation's biodiversity monitoring data that is provided by:
(a) Your organisation's staff 99 % 
(b) Volunteers who are members 0 % 
(c) Volunteers who are not members 1 % 
TOTAL 100 % 
18. How long has your organisation used volunteers to assist with monitoring activities?
19. What biodiversity monitoring information does your organisation ask volunteers to collect? Please list this information:
species observed number of individuals in different age classes description of the habitat where the species were observed geographic coordinates and map of the location name of the location
20. Does your organisation have enough volunteers for its biodiversity monitoring?
Yes
21. If no, please explain why
22. What do you think motivates people to contribute to your organisation's biodiversity monitoring schemes (e.g. hands-on experience)? Please list:
Interest in the amphibians and reptiles and their protection in the area where the volunteers lived
23. What methods does your organisation use to recruit volunteers?
Articles (newspapers, magazines etc.) Advertisements in newspapers, magazines etc.
Internet/e-mail Invitations sent through the post
Word of mouth Open days, workshops, activity days
Radio/T.V. Other
personal contact but no specific effort made
24. Do volunteers receive any financial support (i.e. expense payments)?
No
25. What proportion of volunteers have formal environmental training? (e. g. field courses, university degree in biology, ecology etc.)
25-50%
26a. Does your organisation provide any training for volunteers?
No
26b. If Yes, please describe what training is given to volunteers.
27a. Does your organisation validate the data received from volunteers?
Yes
27b. If yes, how are the data validated?
The information obtained by occasionally associated volunteers were checked in the field by the two people that run the monitoring activity
28. Does your organisation provide feedback to volunteers who contribute to your organisations monitoring activities?
Yes
Additional comments:
The monitoring activity has cheased to exist respectively has been modified into an organisation that is now mainly surveying the distribution of amphibians and reptiles but for a much larger area (the state of Baden-Württemberg). In the original monitoring area no systematic monitoring is carried out anymore because one of the two people running the avctivity moved and the other has health problems
 

 
 Contract number: 006463