Kick sampling - a beginners' video guide

Part of's remit is to think about ways of overcoming barriers to biological sampling and recording. One of the things which may prevent people becoming recorders is a lack of familiarity with biological sampling techniques. It can feel rather intimidating to hear frequent references to things like 'sweep netting', 'beating', 'kick sampling' and 'pooters' but not know exactly what is involved, what equipment is needed and what species groups each technique is suitable for. is producing a series of short films, each focused on a particular sampling technique or aspect of biological identification or recording. The subject of the first of these films is kick sampling in rivers and streams.  To see a list of planned future films, click here!

If you'd prefer, you can watch the film directly from our youTube channel.