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What is a record?
A biological record is simply a species observed by a person at a location on a given date. To be of use, records must contain four essential pieces of information:
- What species was observed (common name or scientific names are fine)
- Where was it observed – ideally a six-figure grid reference or better
- When was it observed (ideally the exact date)
- Who recorded it (full name of the recorder)
It is possible to make useful records with no specialist knowledge. If you are unsure of your identification please let us know and we will put you in touch with a local expert who will be able to help; OR you maybe able to work out what it is through the ISPOT online community; OR you can send us a photo and we can help you identify the species (or put you in touch with a local expert who can).
***Please note that if you are still really not sure of your identification of a wildlife sighting, it is best to be safe and not record it***
SEND US YOUR RECORDS DIRECTLY BY USING OUR ONLINE RECORDING FORMS OR ALTERNATIVELY (OR FOR BULK RECORDS) USE THE NBIS RECORDING SPREADSHEET OR NBIS SURVEY CARD and emailing to firstname.lastname@example.org
Further information that may be of interest:
- How you can get involved in biological recording?
- Recorders and recording.
- How to read a grid reference.
Photo: Small tort (John Crouch)