Topic: Newbie Questions
I have been given the post of records officer for a recently formed bat group in North East England. Unfortunately I have no experience with biological/ecological records, so I hope you people will be able to give me some help and advice, or tell me where I can go to get help.
We are trying to design a spreadsheet(s) for our bat records, such that it would be suitable for submitting to our local records office (ERIC), and NBN.
I have many questions, but the most pressing one is that I need to have a clear and precise understanding of the meaning of the term "Abundance" as it applies to biological records.
I am worried that the term "Abundance" may have been used wrongly in some of our spreadsheets, and that we do not fully understand its meaning, or how to use the term appropriately in relation to various types of data pertaining to bats. I hope some of you can shed some light on this. [If there is a more appropriate place to post this, please let me know.]