How to submit records
It is important to record wildlife in the countryside (and in gardens) so that we can gain a better understanding of where species are found (and also where they are not found) and how important their presence on a site is. Records help with making management decisions on reserves and making comments on development issues on sites. Never assume we don't want your records - we do!
No, not really, but remember to take a notebook with you to records the records!. Good wildlife records are based on good identification. This only comes with practice and experience. If you are not sure about what you are recording take some identification guides with you (some can be borrowed from a library). Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and the Derbyshire Biological Records Centre can provide advice on good identification guides.
Other useful bits of equipment may include binoculars and a magnifying glass.
To be useful, a record needs to have 4 important elements:
Other information may also be useful such as the number of a particular species seen (eg. 3 weasels) and whether there was evidence of breeding (eg. young seen).
Don't panic! The Ordnance Survey produce an excellent factsheet on the national grid and taking grid references. Write to them at:
There a range of local wildlife groups which have walks and events for members and others to share and gain experience in wildlife identification.
Below is a list of county recorders who will be interested in your records and could help with identification.
Help is at hand with species identification! The county recorders will hopefully be able to help but will need a good description and or digital photograph.
Alternatively your can send a digital photo to the ISPOT website.
More information on wildlife recording in Derbyshire can be found in the presentations from the 2009 Annual Forum