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.
How you can get involved
We would love to encourage more people to record wildlife and to share it with others.
We 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 and records which many of you supply direct to us.
New websites are being developed all the time. BMERC have put together a list of useful online recording websites, or you could join a local natural history or conservation group near you.
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
Buckinghamshire Fungus Group
Buckinghamshire Geology Group
Buckinghamshire Invertebrate Group
Buckinghamshire Rare Plants Recording Group
Bisham Barn Owl Group
Butterfly Conservation - Upper Thames Branch
Chesham & District Natural History Society
Friends of Tring Reservoirs
Milton Keynes Natural History Society
North Bucks Bat Group
Ruislip and District Natural History Society
Wycombe Wildlife Group
To keep in touch with recording activities in Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes why not join the BMERC eGroup.
Online Wildlife Recording Resources
UK Ladybird Survey
UK Pollinator Recording Scheme
Butterfly Conservation Recording Schemes
Grab a Grid Reference
BSBI MapMate materials
For more information call 01296 382431 or email firstname.lastname@example.org