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Biological Recording

Compiling a Biological Record

A simple biological record is made up of four parts:

The name of the animal or plant - many species have common names, but to avoid confusion please try to include the scientific name
The name of the place and the island. The Ordnance Survey map grid reference will help us locate the exact site
The date, preferably day/month/year, but month/year is acceptable
Your name and contact details. If you have asked another person to confirm your identification (a determiner), we will need their name and contact details

Biological records often include other information- was it an adult, an egg or a caterpillar; how many did you see, was it alive or dead, or did see tracks or droppings, wahat was it growing on, do you have a photograph? This is useful information, but not essential.

Traditionally a notebook is used to record wildlife observations, although some recorders prefer to use a printed record sheet or electronic device. Whateverever method you choose, it is important to ensure that all the key pieces of information are recorded for each observation. To give an accurate location you will need an Ordnance Survey map and/or a hand-held GPS. A digital camera is also useful for taking photographs of unfamiliar species.

It is very important that the species identification is accurate. If you are unsure about your identification, you can contact us and ask for help, post a photograph on the OHBR Facebook page or one of the many Facebook groups that specialise in specific groups of animals or plants.

Now you know how to turn your wildlife observation into a biological record you can use the resources in the Recorder's Tool Kit to send us your records.


Recorders Tool Kit

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