New photopoint monitoring guide

Photopoints are fixed positions in the environment where consistent photos of a particular area of interest can be collected over time.

Photopoint monitoring is used to assess changes in condition visually, particularly for evaluating environmental responses to on‑ground management actions or documenting impacts due to natural events or human activities (e.g. installation of a weir or bridge). Even small changes in the position, height, angle or direction of photos over time can have a significant effect on the ability to evaluate change.

This guide:
• provides standards for the set‑up and use of photopoints.
• focuses on how to use photopoints to capture qualitative data to evaluate and communicate
outcomes of river restoration actions over time.
• is specifically designed for use in citizen science programs, where there can be a wide
range in operator experience.
• concentrates on the use of handheld cameras (including phones).