Please send us records of all plants and animals that you see and can confidently identify.
Every record is important. While rare species may be more exciting to find, it is very important to record common species too. All records help to build up a more comprehensive understanding of the natural world in which we live, and can help ensure that decisions, which may affect habitat and species in the North East of Scotland, are made with the best available knowledge.
We require four basic pieces of information for each record:
- What - The name of the plant or animal. Common names or preferably the scientific name e.g. Sciurus vulgaris (Red Squirrel), so as to avoid confusion.
- Where - Gives a close indication of the location of the sighting. A 6-figure grid reference is preferable and also a name of the nearest location which is shown on an Ordnance Survey map.
- When - Date of the record, ideally written as dd/mm/yyyy.
- Who - Name of the recorder. If someone else helped you with identification or confirmed your record please send us their name too.
Any more information that you collect will add to the value of your record e.g., habitat where you found it, numbers or abundance, male or female, stage of life cycle, its behaviour, or other plants it was growing with. If the data is confidential please let us know.
Please send records in using our online form or by downloading our excel spreadsheet or casual wildlife recording form.