Invasive Balsam Records methods

Submitted by ashdavid2002@g… on

Hello. I've been going out and surveying local rivers to me for Balsam (Impatiens glandulifera) , making a unique record for every 15 steps following the river flow, where I find Balsam. No quadrats, just checking for it's presence. I imagine it's tedious for the reviewers and it's fairly tedious to do it this way. I've received training with the Eden Rivers Trust on identifying it/tackling it and am very confident about this species in particular. 

Is there a way, for example, to make one single record where I could select fairly small grid squares with the invader present? Is the current method acceptable? Looking for any tips to increase the accuracy of the map of the invader for conservation planning to be ready for this summer. Thanks!