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
During Covid in 2020, we launched an alternative species spotting campaign closer to home called ‘iWatch My Garden’ – we’d still love to hear about the wildlife you spot in your garden, so why not start to keep a record of wildlife you spot in your garden… find out more here.

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.

Downloadable basic wildlife recording form


‘Species of the Month’ – April to October 2021

March – Brown Hare  /  April –  Adder  /  May – Glanville Fritillary  /  June – Stag Beetle  /  July – Glow Worm  /  August – Garden Tiger Moth  /  September – European Hornet / October – Kingfisher

Hare (by Nick Edwards) – Adder (by Mike Cotterill) – Glanville Fritillary – Stag Beetle (by Cat James) – Glow Worm – Garden Tiger Moth – European Hornet (by Scott Newman) – Kingfisher (by Nick Edwards)

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).

Isle of Wight Nature
Isle of Wight Flora and Fauna
Island Insects

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

IOW Dragonflies and Damselflies
Isle of Wight Birding
Isle of Wight Butterflies and Moths
Isle of Wight Bat Group
Wight Swifts

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.