Get Involved

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 normally select a species most months that we’d like to know more about to 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.

Dark-edged Bee-fly by Andy Butler

Dark-edged Bee-fly by Andy Butler

Grass Snake by Andy Butler

iWatch My Garden
However, during the current restrictions, we have also launched an alternative species spotting campaign called ‘iWatch My Garden’ as many of us are spending more time at home find out more here.

Why not start to keep a record of wildlife you spot in your garden as well as the ‘iWatch My Garden’ species? We welcome all species records at any time of year. You can download a basic wildlife form below to get you started. If you need any help with ID, we can help or put you in touch with a local expert.

This lockdown has the potential to generate a bumper haul of species records and could produce an unprecedented snapshot of garden wildlife across the Isle of Wight – the likes of which has never been seen before!

Downloadable basic wildlife recording form


‘Species of the Month’ – April to September 2020

March – Brown Hare  /  April –  Adder  /  May – bloody-nosed Beetle  /  June – Stag Beetle  /  July – Golden-ringed Dragonfly  /  August – Hawkmoth Caterpillars  /  September – Wasp Spider

2020 Species of the Months

From left to right: Brown Hare by Daphne Watson, Adder by Mike Cotterill, Bloody-nosed Beetle by Tina Whitmore, Male & Female Stag Beetles by Ross Bower (PTES), Golden-ringed Dragonfly by Andy Butler, Hawkmoth Caterpillars by Selena Bone, Wasp Spider by Tina Whitmore.

Here are downloaded posters / resources for the ‘Species of the Month’

June – Stag Beetle
July – Golden-ringed Dragonfly
August – Hawkmoth Caterpillars
September – Wasp Spider

Other ways to get involved with wildlife recording

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).


There are also a number of more specialised groups dedicated to specific species such as:

@IOW DragonfliesandDamselflies

Here are links to other surveys that you may wish to get involved with:

Red Squirrel sightings (Wight Squirrels)

Bird Recording (British Trust for Ornithology) – there are many bird surveys including Wetland, Farmland and Garden birds run by the BTO that need your help. For further info, contact our BTO IW Representative Jim Baldwin on

*2019 House Sparrow Census  House Sparrows are in decline across the United Kingdom with numbers falling by 71% between 1977 and 2008. Take part in the Sparrow Census 2019 and help gather valuable data to build a bigger , better , clearer picture of what is happening.

*Hants & IW Amphibian Survey – Hampshire Amphibian and Reptile Recording Network (HARRN) is producing a new atlas mapping out species across our two counties, and would really appreciate your records.

The Great Egg Case Hunt – You can become a citizen scientist by helping find and record shark eggcases.

* if submitting your observations to a regional or national survey, please make sure you also send your records to our local recorders to ensure your records are also captured locally in the Isle of Wight Species Database.