Why Record?

We have a long and respected heritage of natural history and wildlife recording which has long fascinated experts and amateurs alike, due to the Island’s unique and rich biodiversity.

Species recording at an event

Whatever your experience and no matter how common or widespread the species; we need your help telling us about what you see.

It’s not just about the weird and wonderful either, it’s also really important to have regular records which can tell us a great deal about how everyday species are getting on.

There are many pressures on our species and habitats and never before has wildlife recording been so important – your records can help build a picture on how species are faring and help protect your local environment.

If a species really is rare or threatened – it is helpful to have a good idea of where they are and aren’t, and how their population or range is changing over time:

– today’s common species may be tomorrow’s rare species; we won’t know it’s happening and won’t be able to help if we don’t know where they are

–  monitoring species can also help us detect other kinds of change, such as change in the climate. For example, butterflies associated with warmer regions may arrive here and become established

– above all, recording gives you the perfect excuse to get out there and explore, study and enjoy nature where you live, work or visit!