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OHBR wildlife surveys

Surveys and Wildlife Recording Projects

OHBR wildlife surveys

Documenting the biodiversity of our islands, recording our wildlife to help monitor climate change, mapping the distribution of our wildlife and encouraging everyone to engage with nature and enjoy our wonderful natural heritage are all part of the work of OHBR. We are all amateur naturalists with a wide range of interests, skills and experience. Whether you are an expert or a beginner, if you enjoy watching wildlife you can help us put our plants, animals and fungi on the map.

Anyone can take part, you don't need to be an expert and your time commitment can be as much as suits you - you don’t need special skills or training as we will provide you with all the information you need to participate. If you would like to get involved in wildlife recording but are not to sure where to start, why not look at some of our projects.

Discover more about recording wildlife
Signs of Spring 2024


Hebridean Springs are notoriously fickle, so we are using nature to help us track the arrival of spring through the islands from year to year.

This is an easy and fun project - the perfect introduction to wildlife recording

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insect sampling
Wildlife on the Map 2023

For the last 8 years we have have been surveying the islands' wildlife to discover what species of animals, plants and fungi are present and mapping their distribution. This general survey work will continue, targeting some of the less well known species and by visiting the more remote and inaccessible parts of the islands.

We can also learn a great deal about our communities of animals and plants by focusing on smaller, more local areas and recording on a more regular basis. We would like more people to participate in our wildlife projects and we are running two surveys, Garden Watch and My Patch, to enable you to tell us about the wildlife you see in your garden, on your croft, when out walking or beachcombing. Wildldlife recording is not just for experts or specialists, everyone can take part and help us learn more about our natural heritage and preserve our biodiversity.

Give it a try - you can make a difference

Garden Watch My Patch
sping flowers, birds and insects