Faculty of SITE Northern Territory University Flora & Fauna Survey Techniques
what is flora and fauna survey?
why survey?
factors to consider
preparing to sample
flora survey techniques
fauna survey techniques
analysing data
presenting data
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How can data be presented?

The final and the most neglected aspect of flora and fauna surveys is report writing. Communicating your results and conclusions to a wider audience is part of your professional responsibility in having undertaken a survey in the first place. Many agencies simply will not tolerate unfinished projects or sloppy reports, thereby jeopardizing your chances of getting the opportunity to continue working in this field. Getting people to read, understand and hopefully act on your research is as important as collecting the data.

Report writing
Following the traditional structure of writing a scientific/technical report is usually the best approach. However, in some instances it may be useful to alter the structure to suit the needs of the end-user.

Use the following resources to develop an overview of the basic structure and features used in a scientific report.


Record your ideas to the following questions in your ejournal.

What is the basic structure of a scientific report?
What other features need to be included?
What attributes does a good report have? (Can you remember one you have read?)

Please Read

Please read
Reading 8

Hay, I. (1996). Writing research reports and laboratory reports. In: Communicating in Geography and the Environmental Sciences, pages 21-33. Meridian, Oxford.

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On-line information on essay writing.

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