From BBC: How to be a citizen scientist for wildlife

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/22694347

In the past, bird-watchers and bug-hunters have been frowned upon by academics for just looking at wildlife, rather than studying it in depth.

A naturalist – previously considered an expert – is now defined as “an amateur concerned more with observation than with experiment” by the Oxford English Dictionary.

But in the 21st Century, experts are realising the potential of simple observations to provide essential data to help conserve our wildlife.

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