Waarnemingen.be – Non-native plant and animal occurrences in Flanders and the Brussels Capital Region, Belgium

Kristijn R.R. Swinnen, Diemer Vercayie, Wouter Vanreusel, Rutger Barendse, Kris Boers, Jo Bogaert, Daan Dekeukeleire, Gerald Driessens, Pascal Dupriez, Robert Jooris, Roosmarijn Steeman, Kristof Van Asten, Tom Van Den Neucker, Pieter Van Dorsselaer, Pierre Van Vooren, Nico Wysmantel, Karin Gielen, Peter Desmet, Marc Herremans

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Citizen scientists make important contributions to the collection of occurrence data of non-native species. We present two datasets comprising more than 520,000 records of 1,771 non-native species from Flanders and the Brussels Capital Region in Belgium, Western Europe, collected through the website http://www.waarnemingen.be hosted by Stichting Natuurinformatie and managed by the nature conservation NGO Natuurpunt. Most records were collected by citizen scientists, mainly since 2008. Waarnemingen.be aims at recording all species, native and non-native, and it is shown here that this kind of biodiversity portals are also particularly well suited to collect large amounts of data on non-native species. Both datasets presented here are also discoverable through the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF).
Original languageEnglish
JournalBioInvasions Records
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)335–342
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 18-Jul-2018

Thematic list

  • Invasive species (management)

EWI Biomedical sciences

  • B003-ecology

Geographic list

  • Belgium

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