Originally Posted by Gander
How can the UK (BTO) be so far off the pace?
I suspect its an old mindset that needs to adapt but hasn't. They accept data from the public without feeling that they really need to give something back: the data is, if you like, deserved tribute to them for their scientific efforts that benefit all mankind. Balance is already there - what need for response?
You see it in all fields of human endeavour, but public expectations are much higher than they used to be. Old, inward-looking organisations need to wake up and smell the coffee in order to live, thrive and survive.
Yes, they pass some limited stuff to Springwatch (e.g. the Cuckoo stuff): but public engagement requires a lot more than that and for an organisation that depends on individual effort, engaging effectively with the individual is absolutely essential.