There are many opportunities to get involved with species recording both locally, here on the Island and nationally in wider campaigns.
Species of the Month (iWatchWildlife)
We select a species most months that we’d like to know more about and boost our current, local records. We ask users on Facebook to share their observations. We then capture those observations and convert them into permanent species records.
Here is a link to our featured Species of the Month (March – August 2018)
We have also produced some downloadable factsheets about each of the Species of the Month:
If you enjoy using Social Media, then Facebook is a good place to start. There are a number of local general wildlife groups which are a fantastic resource for getting to know local species and what’s about when. They can help put you in touch with experts if you need help with identification (though pictures are essential).
Isle of Wight Nature
Isle of Wight Flora and Fauna
Isle of Wight Insects
There are also a number of more specialised groups dedicated to specific species such as:
IOW Dragonflies and Damselflies
IOW Butterflies and Moths
Isle of Wight Bat Group
Here are some local surveys that you may wish to get involved with: