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Get involved

How you can get involved

We would love to encourage more people to record wildlife and to share it with others and there is lots you can do from home. 

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.

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.

Please note: the links below are to external websites.

Online Wildlife Recording Resources

iRecord forum
NBN Atlas
NBN (general)
UK Ladybird Survey
UK Pollinator Monitoring Scheme
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 
Buckinghamshire Dormouse Group
Buckinghamshire Fungus Group
Buckinghamshire Geology Group
Buckinghamshire Invertebrate Group
Buckinghamshire Mammal Group
Buckinghamshire Owl & Raptor Group
Bisham Barn Owl Group
Butterfly Conservation - Upper Thames Branch
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

For more information call 01296 382431 or email