Records, even of the commonest species, are invaluable in helping us to understand the status and distribution of species on a national and local basis and help guide conservation work. Whilst garden records are useful, records from the wider countryside are especially valuable, particularly in under-recorded areas.
Details of the three County Recorders can be found on the Committee Page
How and when to submit your records
All three County recorders prefer to receive records via email.
A spreadsheet is ideal with these column headings:
Further details e.g. male, female, larvae, pupae, ova etc. can be added in the notes column.
You can download an xls template here
If you do not have spreadsheet access then you can list your sightings in Word or text file and include this information. Further details e.g. male, female, larvae, pupae, ova etc. can be added in the notes column.
Ken Orpe (Derbyshire), Richard Jeffery (Leicestershire and Rutland) and Richard Rogers (Nottinghamshire) would like to receive email records as often as is convenient. Just how often is your choice but every week or two has the advantage of allowing the recorders to share news of sightings, particularly of interesting species throughout the course of the year.
Adrian Russell (Moth Officer for Leicestershire and Rutland) requests that your Leicestershire and Rutland Moth records be submitted at the end of the year.
What about online submission and apps?
You may submit record via the "iRecord Website", you will need to create an account after which you may submit records for all your wildlife records in any part of the country. These records will then be sent on to the relevant County Recorder & Biological Records Office. There is an "iRecord Butterflies" app available for iPhone & iPad available on iTunes that can be used to submit records and photographs.
In Leicester and Rutland there is also NatureSpot. Records submitted in this way are forwarded to County Recorders, though this may not be until the end of the year.
Submissions may also be made on our Paper Recording Forms, these are usually distributed with the Spring Newsletter and are also available on our new Downloads Page. Please note these have been revised for the 2015 season, so if using paper forms please use the updated versions.