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The following steps will guide you on carrying out a biodiversity inventory (Please make sure you’ve read the introductory explanatory page on biodiversity inventories 

before going further)-



1. Select the biodiversity taxon/group you are interested in inventorying and the area you want to make an inventory of. If you aim to publish your findings, make sure no one else has already made a biodiversity inventory of the same area. Do this by a quick online   review of the scientific literature.


2. Familiarize yourself with the external morphological features utilized to identify species of the group of your choice (check elsewhere on the internet if you can't find the info you're looking for on this site).



3. Obtain taxonomic or identification resources such as field guides for that particular group. Some can be found for free on the internet, others may need to be acquired from your local library or bought.



4. Select a method of sampling appropriate to that group. Check the group specific sampling pages (coming soon) or if your chosen group is not available in it, check the

  general sampling methods.


5.If you are doing anything more than a simple inventory you will need to select a sampling strategy which you will use along with the sampling method. Go here to learn how to combine your sampling method (such as line transect sampling) with your chosen strategy for sampling (random/systematic sampling). 



6. You may want to view the section on planning a study on the page  “Steps involved in the Process of Research” to make sure you haven't forgotten anything and to give you a few ideas you may not have thought of.



7. Prepare your datasheet for the inventory study


8.Collect data using the sampling method of the choice using the sampling strategy of your choice. Use the species accumulation curve to give you an idea of whether you have surveyed enough to find most of the species available in the area you are working in.



9. Write up your findings into a research paper.


10. Publish your research paper to disseminate your findings to the world so that your efforts can be of use to those devising and implementing conservation plans.




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References -

Southwood. T. Methods in Ecology - Published by Blackwell Science Ltd.