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EcoRecord needs you!

Posted: Tuesday 5th December 2017 by evaphillips

Ivy Bee - recently spotted in our region for the first time

Our wildlife records come from many sources, ranging from professional ecologists to amateur expert naturalists and other wildlife enthusiasts. It's easy to submit records - Here's your quick start guide:

Without the support of volunteers and voluntary organisations across the region committed to biological recording over many years, the knowledge and understanding of the wildlife and ecology of Birmingham and the Black Country would be significantly poorer.

We are interested in all records from the tiniest bugs to the mightiest mammals! Records help us respond to planning and development applications, produce maps of species populations and help us build a picture of how wildlife is doing over time.

In order to have a good biological record we need four crucial pieces of information:

1) WHAT was seen - the species name

2) WHERE it was seen - try to provide as much detail as possible including the name of the site and, especially if it's a large (or long!) site e.g. a canal, where about on the site it was. If you saw it in your garden then just a postcode is fine. Ordnance Survey grid references are also really useful. A great website for finding out a grid reference for a location is:

3) WHEN it was seen: the date the record was made, ideally in dd/mm/yyyy format, but less precise dates are also fine e.g. November 2017, Summer 2015 etc.

4) WHO saw it - The name of the person(s) who saw it. If anyone else helped you to identify it, please also let us know their name too.

You can send us your wildlife records in a number of different ways, just chose the one which works best for you:


iRecord is a dedicated online recording system which can be used either via the web address above or as a phone app.

You need to sign up for a free account but once you've done this I've found it to be the best way of submitting records to EcoRecord (and other Local Environmental Record Centres).

One of the real benefits of iRecord is that you can (if you wish) upload photos to accompany your sighting, and there are a number of expert verifiers who will help to correctly identify your species. 

Recording the location of where you saw the species is also really easy as you can zoom in using an interactive map and then simply click on the location you saw it.

Google Form 

This is the EcoRecord Google Form. It's very simple to use and you don't need to sign up for an account. However the form is very basic and it doesn't include the option to upload photos or using a map to finding your location.

Twitter users can submit records and photos to us by tweeting @EcoRecording


You can email records to us and there are also a range of recording forms and spreadsheets you can use for this on our website.

Happy recording!

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