Citizen Science

We help UK companies, NGOs and community groups find out about the diverse wildlife that is present in or around waterbodies by giving them access to our eDNA services for biodiversity projects. We then use the data gathered through these critical citizen science projects to contribute to eBioAtlas, our ground-breaking global database providing the baseline for the Global Biodiversity Framework.

Get in touch

At NatureMetrics, we’re passionate about the advancement of knowledge and the accessibility of science. When you engage in citizen science you are supporting our natural world, providing education opportunities and contributing to our global database of biodiversity, eBioAtlas.

eBioAtlas uses the cutting-edge technology of eDNA alongside the power of the community to fill biodiversity knowledge gaps and deliver impact in conservation by collecting species data on an unprecedented scale.

With every sample that you collect, it’s not only you that’s learning something; you’re collecting the building blocks for a deeper understanding of nature that will help us recover and protect it for generations to come.

Let’s join together to discover biodiversity today and create a bigger picture that we’re proud of.

Contact Nature Metrics about your next aquatic project

The power of citizen science lies in its ability to mobilise large numbers of nature enthusiasts to answer some of the big scientific questions of our time.

Corporate Partners

We work with a variety of industries to create citizen science projects that are truly fascinating, educational and, crucially, impactful.

Sampling eDNA is a fantastic way to involve your teams on the ground, whether it be for team-building purposes, educational outreach or CSR programmes.

Providing your team with access to our fascinating yet simple-to-use technology provides hands-on education about any eDNA work you are doing with us. Projects can also act as a stand-alone citizen science initiatives allowing participants to feel ownership over their local environment at the same time as making a real impact by contributing to eBioAtlas, which is contributing to the Global Biodiversity Framework.

NGOs and community groups

Natural science enthusiasts have a lot to contribute to the field of citizen science.

We work with NGOs, schools and community groups who are undertaking biodiversity projects to find out what kind of wildlife is present in their local lakes, rivers and streams so that it can be monitored on an ongoing basis.

With this information, you can see over time how a waterbody is changing and find out ways to protect the precious species that are in and around it.

At the same time, the data you gather will be added to eBioAtlas, which is contributing to the Global Biodiversity Framework.

How does the sampling process work?

You will receive an easy-to-use NatureMetrics kit containing all you need to collect an eDNA sample and discover the biodiversity present at a lake, river or stream of your choosing.

Simply collect a water sample, filter it using the eDNA filter, and send your eDNA sample to our labs, and we will tell you which animals you have discovered in your sample.

The kit has detailed step-by-step instructions on how to get started.

Step 1: Collect eDNA

1. COLLECT

Step 2: Filter eDNA

2. FILTER

Step 3: Send

3. SEND

Projects

The great news is that citizen science is happening all the time!

See below for a taster of NatureMetrics projects which have used citizen science as a vital data collection tool.

MozamSeq

Explore how the local people of Mozambique are leveraging the power of eDNA to set a baseline of local biodiversity and build initial reference databases for local animal groups.

Visit the MozamSeq webpage

eBioAtlas

eBioAtlas is an ambitious partnership between NatureMetrics and IUCN to rapidly create a global atlas of life in the world’s river basins and wetlands using cutting-edge eDNA technology.

It will provide a comprehensive picture of freshwater species in each location, mobilising local stakeholders and citizen scientists to fill in critical knowledge gaps to support conservation efforts and inform global policy to reverse the loss of biodiversity.

See how you can get involved by visiting the eBioAtlas website.

Visit eBioAtlas