Benefits of wildlife recording: helps us determine where wildlife is and how they are doing there, helps with wildlife research, informs planning, can feed into protective species legislation and red lists. It’s also easy to do and anyone can do it.
There are usually two ways you can get involved with wildlife recording:1) Submit your one off-sightings (can be done via iNaturalist, iRecord, direct to BRERC or via one of the specialised animal organisations) or,2) Take part in a monitoring programme (usually offers more support, resources and training and looks at long term trends/ research into that specific animal or group).I’ve listed some wildlife monitoring/ surveys you can get involved in below – not an exhaustive list and I’ll add to it over time
Frog & Toad Spawn Count
When: Jan-Marchhttps://www.inaturalist.org/…/bristol-frog-toad-spawn…Level: Everyone
Reptile & Amphibian (UK-Wide)
Amphibian & Reptile Conservation have various monitoring and ways to submit one off sightings – some require some training, but they hold regular (often free) training events.Training events: https://www.arc-trust.org/Pages/Events/Category/eventsWhere to report your sightings: https://www.arc-trust.org/report-your-sightingsLevel: varies, some require training
All Mammals (UK-wide)
Mammal Society Mammal Mapper app (includes ID guide and links to some national monitoring programmes)https://www.mammal.org.uk/volunteering/mammal-mapper/Level: Everyone
When:All yearBlack Foxes UK look at unusually coloured foxes and also report on escaped pet foxes: https://www.facebook.com/groups/117463722241528Level: Everyone
When: 7 February 2022 to 30th June 2022.This one uses the Mammal Mapper and is run in connection with the Mammal Society.https://bds.org.uk/…/deer…/deer-distribution-survey/Level: Everyone
National Bat Monitoring Programme (NBMP)https://www.bats.org.uk/…/national-bat-monitoring…Level: Depends on the survey, most require a heterodyne detector (the wildlife group have a couple that can be borrowed). BCT often run some annual training, which I highly recommend.
Bee Walk: https://beewalk.org.ukLevel: Some free training available
UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme: https://ukbms.orgLevel: Everyone
Big Garden Bird Watch: https://www.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/activities/birdwatch/Level: EveryoneThere are loads of different bird surveys/ monitoring you can do. BTO has lots of options, so worth checking them out for more: https://www.bto.org/our-science/projects/birdtrack/surveys
https://www.npms.org.ukLevel: Some free training available (and lots of ongoing support)
Waxcap Watch: https://www.plantlife.org.uk/…/waxcaps…/waxcapp-surveyLevel: Some free training available