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
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1. Name of Organisation:
Aktion Fischotterschutz e. V.
1a. Your e-mail:
2. Organisation address:
Sudendofallee 1 D-29386 Hankensb├╝ttel Germany
2a. Country:  
3. What geographical area does your organisation cover?
An area within a country Great part auf Lower Saxony
A country some parts of Germany 
Other countries
4. When did your organisation start?
5. How many paid staff are in your organisation?
6a. Can members of the public (ordinary people) join your organisation?
6b. If Yes, how many members of the public (ordinary people) currently belong to your organisation?
More than 1000: 7000
6c. Do members of the public who have joined your organisation pay a membership fee?
6d. If some members do not have to pay a fee, please explain why
they have to
7a. What aspects of biodiversity your organisation monitors?
Insects Amphibians Fish Birds Mammals Plants Reptiles
Habitats mainly wetland
7b. Please provide a brief description of your organisation's biodiversity monitoring activities.
We have established a monitoring system for otters. With the help of GIS-aided programms, we set a net of survey sites all over Germany. The volunteers go one time a year to this place, look for signs of otter and give us the information
8. How long has your organisation carried out biodiversity monitoring activities?
11-20 years
9. Are any of your organisation's monitoring activities carried out in collaboration with another organisation/s?
10. If Yes, please give the name(s) of the organisation(s)
11. Do you supply or pass on your monitoring data to other organisations?
12. If Yes, please give the name of the organisation(s)
to the government for free private organisations and people who get money for their work have to pay
13. Are your monitoring data published in a regular report?
14. Are the report(s) available on the internet?
14b. Internet address of report(s):
15. Do volunteers contribute to your organisation's monitoring activities?
16. Do volunteers have to be members?
17. Please estimate the proportion of your organisation's biodiversity monitoring data that is provided by:
(a) Your organisation's staff 20 % 
(b) Volunteers who are members 70 % 
(c) Volunteers who are not members 10 % 
TOTAL 100 % 
18. How long has your organisation used volunteers to assist with monitoring activities?
3-5 years
19. What biodiversity monitoring information does your organisation ask volunteers to collect? Please list this information:
signs of otters (spraints footprints) habitat characteristics (Vegetation, dimensions of the river)
20. Does your organisation have enough volunteers for its biodiversity monitoring?
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:
interesting species (sexy species) they like outdoor activities they can contribute to help an endangered species
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
contact to organisations (like hunter organisations) which have interested people
24. Do volunteers receive any financial support (i.e. expense payments)?
25. What proportion of volunteers have formal environmental training? (e. g. field courses, university degree in biology, ecology etc.)
26a. Does your organisation provide any training for volunteers?
26b. If Yes, please describe what training is given to volunteers.
we offer seminars / workshops to teach the people the natural history of otters and how otter footprints and spraints look like. We offer such workshops for experienced volunteers and unexperienced.
27a. Does your organisation validate the data received from volunteers?
27b. If yes, how are the data validated?
especially if we are not sure about the findings, we get photos or the spraints. And in some cases we are able to control the results.
28. Does your organisation provide feedback to volunteers who contribute to your organisations monitoring activities?
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 Contract number: 006463