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Terms and Conditions

Website & Project

Any participation in this project will constitute acceptance of these terms and conditions. If you do not agree, please do not use the site.

Please email info@ladybirdchallenge.co.uk for more information about The Ladybird Challenge or concerns/queries relating to the terms and conditions.

  1. By taking part in this project you are agreeing that:
    1. the records are yours, or you have the permission of the owner to agree to their usage.
    2. you agree that the content can be used on this site.
    3. you agree that your ladybird observations can be made publicly available for wider use.
  2. This website is owned and operated by Katie Murray, Andy Berry and the University of Stirling. The University of Stirling is a registered data controller with the Information Commissioner (Registration number: Z5416027)
  3. The Ladybird Challenge is a Ph.D. project undertaken by Katie Murray under the supervision of Matt Tinsley and Helen Roy (CEH) based at University of Stirling. The project has been set up with the intention of running for an initial duration of 6-9 months. There may the possibility the project may continue long term.
  4. The information gathered during this project will be held while The Ladybird Challenge project is in operation. The information will be held securely and privately by the chosen hosting provider and, unless otherwise specified, will not be shared with any other party. We reserve the right to change the hosting provider at any time in accordance with these terms.
  5. You may request access to any of your data stored by The Ladybird Challenge at any point. To do this, please email info@ladybirdchallenge.co.uk. Further to this, you may request that any of your data collected so far be deleted and not used for any of our research.
  6. The information gathered during this project is done for the purposes of research to inform us of the distribution of the parasitic wasp Dinocampus coccinellae and its primary host the 7-spot ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata). We are specifically aiming to investigate whether the population of D. coccinellae is related to the population of the invasive harlequin ladybird (Harmonia axyridis).
  7. The data collected from this project may result in peer-reviewed scientific papers which may be publicly available. After this point, the anonymized data will be shared with the scientific community and may be stored on a publicly accessible research database. Once a peer-reviewed paper is published the data cannot be deleted. No data that allows an individual to be identified will be shared.
  8. We require your email address to uniquely identify you as a user. We will not use your email address for any spam or marketing purposes, however, you may receive periodic emails from us relating to The Ladybird Challenge. We will not share these details with any third-party beyond those detailed below.
  9. The service Intercom will be used to allow communication with website users and email addresses must be shared in order to allow this. Intercom is a paid for service and the data will not be shared further with any other parties or used for any form of marketing. Data will be held as per the data security policy at Intercom (https://www.intercom.io/security#data). Intercom stores it's data in the USA therefore by agreeing to these terms and conditions you are consenting to your personal information being held outside the EU.
  10. The data collected from this project will be shared with the UK Ladybird Survey and The Biological Records Centre (BRC). Verified observations will be made available via the BRC. If you do not want your observations to be made available in this way, please do not submit them.
  11. Once the data has been passed to the UK Ladybird Survey and the BRC, it will also be held by them under their own terms and conditions (see http://www.ladybird-survey.org & http://www.brc.ac.uk/irecord/terms_of_use). Any request for data access or removal must therefore also be directed to them.
  12. Once verified records have been made available, their use will be governed by the NBN Gateway Terms and Conditions (https://data.nbn.org.uk/Terms), e.g. use of the data for commercial purposes will not be allowed without written permission from the organisation administering the dataset.
  13. We, as researchers, are using this project to gain data to answer an ecological question. We are also interested in website access patterns and other information to look at the level of engagement achieved with members of the public.
  14. Having submitted a record to this site, please do not submit it to other organisations or online recording schemes. It will be made available to local records centres, conservation organisations, natural history societies and others with a legitimate interest in the data via the NBN Gateway.
  15. The Ladybird Challenge complies with the UK Data Protection Act 1998. For more information see https://www.gov.uk/data-protection/the-data-protection-act.

Project Survey Prize Draw

  1. The closing date for the prize draw will be Friday 18th November at 5pm. The winner of the draw will be contacted within 1 week of this closing date.
  2. The winner of the prize draw will be contacted via email to inform them of their success. The email address with the associated survey entry will be used.
  3. The prize consists of a £50 voucher from either Amazon or John Lewis, at the choice of the winner. There is no cash alternative. The voucher will be required to be posted to the winner. We will ask for a postal address from the winner.
  4. The prize cannot be allocated any member of The Ladybird Challenge team, any relative of The Ladybird Challenge team or anyone directly involved with the management of this project.
  5. The winner gives permission for us to use their first name in the winner announcement on our Twitter account. It is at the descretion of the winner whether they want their own Twitter account to be mentioned in this Tweet.
  6. The winner of the prize will be selected at random, with the random draw being supervised by an independent observer.
  7. Only one entry is permitted per person. Entries will be automatically generated from each completed survey.

We reserve the right to update these terms in accordance with current data protection legislation.