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There is a tremendous interest in citizen science, engaging the public in collection and analysis of data and information about a range of forestry issues including plant and animal biodiversity, tree pests and diseases, and climate change. Social media is becoming an important feature of many citizen science initiatives.
Scoping research examined 12 citizen science projects to synthesise key lessons about the use and design of supporting social media. Results show:
These resources were used by the Forestry Commission to improve understanding of the potential of social media to increase engagement in citizen science projects.
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