Buckinghamshire Partnerships

Local Wildlife Recording and Conservation Groups

Local Wildlife Recording and Conservation Groups

© George McCarthy

Online Recording

Historically wildlife was recorded through personal notes which can be passed onto experts, local or national specialist groups, county recorders, Local Records Centres etc.

Due to recent advances in technology, recorders can now load their own records directly into national databases and interest group websites. Some of these are specific to certain groups such as butterflies, ladybirds or birds. Others are geographically organised i.e. by county or region.  Some of the newer ones come with a wealth of resources which allow you to view aerial photographs, select an accurate grid reference from a series of readily available maps, or to set up your own mini recording website where you can keep and manage your records, choosing to share them with others, or not.

BMERC would love to encourage more people to record wildlife and to share it with others. At this moment in time we don’t have the resources to develop our own custom made online recording system, but are keen to share with all would-be wildlife spotters, some of the recording resources which already exist on the internet. This doesn’t replace information which many of you supply direct to us (see recording sheets links at http://www.buckinghamshirepartnership.co.uk/environmental-records/your-records) and we are still very keen to encourage this, but it does give the recorder many more choices and interesting resources at the click of a mouse.

New websites are being developed all the time, and here is a starter list for some of the more well known ones.  This is only a sample of the many available, if you find others please do let us know.

Online Wildlife Recording Resources



iRecord forum

NBN Gateway

NBN (general)

UK Ladybird Survey

Butterfly Conservation Recording Schemes

Living Record

Grab a Grid Reference

Online MapMate

BSBI MapMate materials

Natural history groups in Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes

Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust (BBOWT)
Buckinghamshire Amphibian and Reptile Group (BucksARG)
Buckinghamshire Archaeological Society - Natural History Section
Buckinghamshire Badger Group
Buckinghamshire Bird Club also see Bucks Birders egroup
Buckinghamshire Earth Heritage Group
Buckinghamshire Fungus Group
Buckinghamshire Invertebrate Group
Buckinghamshire Rare Plants Recording Group

For more information call 01296 382431 or email erc@buckscc.gov.uk

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