Do you love sea turtles and horseshoe crabs, or have an interest to learn more about them?
Join us for the Biodiversity Beach Patrol and contribute to a citizen science study on these amazing marine creatures.
The Biodiversity Beach Patrol will be conducted overnight from June to September 2019.
20 July 2019, 2pm – 4 pm
|Function Hall, Botany Centre Level 1, Singapore Botanic Gardens (Tanglin Gate)
Volunteer training session
Volunteers must be able to commit for the training session on 20 July 2019 and at least 2 nights of overnight patrol sessions between June and September 2019. Volunteers will have to conduct hourly patrols over 2 shifts scheduled from 7pm to 7am and are expected to stay throughout the night. More information on logistics will be shared during the volunteer training.
Sign up here.
What is the Biodiversity Beach Patrol all about?
The Biodiversity Beach Patrol is a citizen science initiative to involve the community in collecting valuable information about sea turtles and horseshoe crabs along Singapore’s coastal areas (Changi Beach Park and East Coast Park). These hourly patrols will take place overnight in 2 shifts (7.00pm to 7.00am), on stipulated dates between June and September 2019. Volunteers are expected to stay throughout the night. The Beach Patrol dates are spread out across 6 days a month per site.
With the data collected from beach patrols, we can gain a better understanding of which areas sea turtles and horseshoe crabs are found and in what numbers. This information will contribute towards better park management and conservation measures.
How can I participate?
Anyone aged 18 and above can sign up and volunteer with us.
A training workshop on Biodiversity Beach Patrol, involving horseshoe crab and sea turtle identification and survey techniques, will be organised. Volunteers can sign up for a beach patrol after the training workshop. The beach patrols will be conducted in groups of at least 3 but not more than 5.
What happens after I have signed up?
- After the briefing, we will send out an email for you to sign up for the Biodiversity Beach Patrol sessions.
- One week before your Biodiversity Beach Patrol session, we will send a confirmation email of your beach patrol session and your group.
- Conduct the Biodiversity Beach Patrol at the designated transect based on your scheduled date.
- Send the results of your beach patrol to us using our online survey form.
If you have any questions, please email us at email@example.com with “BBP2019 Queries” as the email subject.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
1. I don’t have any biodiversity beach patrol experience. Can I still participate?
Yes! We will provide training at our workshops, which will cover basic horseshoe crab and sea turtle identification and beach patrol survey techniques. This will enable you to carry out the Biodiversity Beach Patrol.
2. Do I need any special equipment?
There is no need for any specialised equipment. All you need is a smartphone with access to the internet.
3. Is it compulsory for me to attend the training workshop even if I have experience with turtle beach patrols overseas?
You will be required to attend the training to familiarise yourself with both horseshoe crabs and sea turtles. The training sessions will include lessons on how to conduct the beach patrol properly and instructions for the Biodiversity Beach Patrol.
You have to be able to commit to the training and at least 2 nights of patrol. For interested participants who are unable to attend, there will be a public talk in June for members of public to find out more about turtles.
4. When and where is the training session?
The training is on 20 July 2019, 2pm – 4pm at Function Hall, Botany Centre in the Singapore Botanic Gardens (Tanglin Gate).
5. How will the data I collect help NParks’ park management and conservation efforts?
The data on the horseshoe crabs and sea turtles collected during the Biodiversity Beach Patrol will help establish a baseline from which we can monitor the patterns of their populations in Singapore. This will be used to develop management strategies to sustain or even enhance these populations.
6. Is there a reimbursement for transport?
There will not be any reimbursement for transport. You have to make their own way to the beach patrol site.
7. I am younger than 18 years old. Can I still participate?
If you are under 18 years old, you are required to be accompanied by a parent/ guardian for all sessions. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.