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Monitoring Biodiversity Within Farming Networks

Enabling farmers to easily identify and collect biodiversity data

The Challenge

Mobile screenshot of the Chalke Valley Farmer Cluster Biodiversity app - built with Coreo

Several farming groups in Wiltshire wanted to record the biodiversity on their farms.  This was to understand both what they had currently and how changes in farming practices could positively impact biodiversity.

Always busy with day-day tasks, observations noted down using pen & paper got lost or just never made it into the records database.

They needed a simple way to help them ID common wildlife on their farms and record it in-situ.

"Coreo has completely changed how we work, for the better! Its powerful features & ease of use have allowed us to build branded, data recording apps for our farming groups. This has resulted in lots more records being submitted with no delay in the data flow. The best thing is there's no more paper records in the post or data entry errors."

Simon Smart - Senior Environmental Consultant at Black Sheep Countryside Management Black Sheep Consulting testimonial photo

The Solution

Key Features

 

Simon developed two apps using Coreo.   These featured all the key species the farming groups were likely to encounter.

Each app featured an in-depth ID guide covering every species.  The ID Guide includes photos and audio files to help farmers recognise birds by their calls and songs.

Each app was given its own design, using Coreo’s design.

The apps enable farmers to collect data on sightings in the field even when off-line and have facilitated the building of a comprehensive inventory of biodiversity in the area.

 

 

map of biodiversity records collected from the farmers app

The Results

The Pewsey Downs & Chalke Valley farming group apps have begun to flourish with 44 species recorded to-date and hundreds of records having been submitted.  This increase in records is highly significant to the project, as is the speed that data reach me.  A farmer can see something interesting and I’ll have the record in seconds rather than weeks or months later.

“We’ve had a 300% increase in records received!”

Farmers have quickly become adept at using the app to both identify what they’re seeing, and submit data.  The app lets them submit data immediately or back at the ranch if the data connection was poor in the field, and they love that flexibility.

The potential for apps within farming networks is clear to see.  And using the powerful scalability of Coreo, much need information on the biodiversity across significant areas of the UK could be gathered.

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