Why do I need to give you my name and email?

Providing that the seaweed can by positively identified (or ‘verified’), then your photo and the additional information that you upload will form a ‘biological record’. A biological record must contain four essential pieces of information: what was found, where it was found, when it was found and who found it. This is why we ask you for your name; it ensures that your seaweed sighting can contribute to our shared understanding of the UK’s seaweeds for decades to come.

We ask for your email address so that we have contact details associated with your observation. You will only be contacted if an expert from the Natural History Museum wishes to find out more about your photograph, for example to learn more about where you found it, if it is an exciting or unexpected find.

If you agree, we will also use your email to let you know about other citizen science projects and marine activities that are taking place. You can stop receiving this information at any time by emailing seaweeds@nhm.ac.uk.

If you chose to answer the optional demographic questions, these data are anonymised and stored separately to your survey results. Collecting demographic information about the people who take part in our surveys helps us to understand whether we are serving the broadest possible audience.