We are fortunate to be surrounded by a great diversity of wildlife in Wiltshire. However we often takes this for granted and don’t supported the pressures that we put it under. Recording wildlife is essential to help organisations and individuals make informed decisions which might affect our environment.
We couldn’t protect Wiltshire’s Wildlife and habitats without people getting involved and submitting records to us. It doesn’t matter if you are an expert or just starting out your records are still important to us. Recording can be done ad hoc of things seen in your garden or local area or part of a dedicated project that requires regular surveys. You can record in as many ways as you’d like and we can support you with expert knowledge and training.
New to recording?
Recording is easy and can be enjoyed by anyone, at any age, with as little as a pencil, paper, a bit of patience and a willingness to learn. Developing your recording, like any skill, takes time and patience, but to get started there a few basic things to note down:
What? Either the scientific (Latin) and/or English name (if there is one)
Where? A precise location of the sighting and at least a six figure grid reference
When? The date of the sighting (day, month, year)
Who? Give a name of who saw it. If you did not identify it, also give us the determiner’s name.
If you want to improve your skills then nothing beats practical experience in the field. Attending an identification course or a wildlife walk is a gentle way to begin. Even with limited wildlife knowledge, you can still send in valid records of those species you do know how to identify.
Wiltshire has a great network of recording groups and societies (see our Links page). These can provide much needed support and mentorship as skills develop. There are also a wide range of online resources and identification tools.
Taking Part: Volunteer surveys
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.