There are a variety of ways you can get involved, one of the most important ways is to record the wildlife you see, and send in your records. You can do this a number of ways ranging from ad hoc recording of what you see in your garden or local area, to a dedicated project that requires regular surveys.
You don’t have to be an expert as there is something for all levels of experience, and some of our projects include training to get you started. You don’t just have to choose one way to get recording, it’s up to you how much you’d like to take part in.
New to recording?
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 (see our Links page) 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.
Even with limited wildlife knowledge, you can still send in valid records of those species you do know how to identify.
WSBRC supports many survey and monitoring schemes. Some are managed by us, some are managed in conjunction with other organisations such as Wiltshire Wildlife Trust. All of these surveys rely on volunteers to collect and send in the data.
Some of the monitoring schemes are long term with commitment ranging from one survey a year to one a month. If enough sites are regularly monitored, we can begin to build up a picture of the changing face of Wiltshire. Other surveys may simply require your casual records to fill in the gaps in knowledge of a species’ national distribution. See more.
Start by joining one of Wiltshire’s recording groups or societies (see our Links page) and learn from the experts!
Recording is easier now than ever before and there are many resources and identification tools available to help you build your skills.
A comprehensive list of resources can be found at the Tomorrow’s Biodiversity ID Signpost.