More and more volunteers are being relied upon to keep a check on and monitor the state of our countries natural environment.
A great example of this type of work can be seen in the National Bat Monitoring Programme run by the Bat Conservation Trust. The volunteers undertaking this programme are collecting masses of vital scientific information on the Bat species of the UK every year. Information that is of critical importance to Bat conservation.
The Bat Conservation Trust is able to produce trends on this data, helping us to learn more about our bats and how they are doing. The full story from the Bat Conservation Trust and more information on the Programme can be found here: http://www.bats.org.uk/news.php/252/the_national_bat_monitoring_programme_citizen_science_reveals_trends_in_bat_populations