In 2013, the Natural History Museum London received funding from the Esmee Fairbairn Collections Fund to build the foundation of an online data portal for UK seaweed collections.  Part of this project has involved visiting our partner institutes to document the collections held there.

To make this stage of the project more feasible we based our efforts on a target species list which prioritized the data capture against species of current research interest, including for example non-native species; rare species and environmental indicators. Distribution of many of these species are data deficient and are generally not so well represented in herbaria, so combining data in this way will significantly improve our knowledge base for these species by enhancing the spatial and temporal data available.

Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith