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
UK Ladybird Survey
Butterfly Conservation Recording Schemes
Grab a Grid Reference
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 SectionBuckinghamshire Badger GroupBuckinghamshire Bird Club
also see Bucks Birders egroupBuckinghamshire Earth Heritage GroupBuckinghamshire Fungus GroupBuckinghamshire Invertebrate GroupBuckinghamshire Rare Plants Recording Group