New to Recording?
Then this is the perfect way to get started!
In a county such as ours we are fortunate to be surrounded by a great diversity of wildlife, but all too often we take for granted that it can survive all the pressures we put it under. Recording wildlife is an essential tool which helps organisations and individuals make informed decisions on how they carry out activities which might affect our environment.
Recording is a pastime which can be enjoyed by anyone, at any age, with as little as a pencil, paper, a bit of patience and a willingness to learn. It does take time and patience to develop any skill and expertise as a naturalist is no different. Our experts may well have discovered a love for the natural environment at a young age, but their passion for their subject often developed later.
Nothing beats practical experience in the field. It can be daunting at first, but attending an identification course or a wildlife walk is a gentle way to begin. Joining a recording group or society can provide much needed support and mentorship as skills develop, and recording is easier now than ever, with more resources available to get you started and greater access to identification tools.
These will help you get started:
- Read the Darwin Guide to recording wildlife
- Get involved with a local recording group or society
- Take a look at our guide to wildlife you can see now
- Use our handy species guides when you're out in the field
- Take a look at Wiltshire Wildlife Trust's Events and Activities for details of walks, talks and species identification courses that will help you to brush up on your knowledge of species as diverse as butterflies and spiders!
Even with limited wildlife knowledge, you can still send in valid records of those species you do know how to identify, even if that is only Blackbirds and Robins! Here’s how to tell us what you see.
Here’s some other guidance you might find useful to help you with your wildlife recording: