Biological recording workshop

Clare Flynn ran a fantastic wildlife recording workshop at The People’s Orchard in St Dogmaels, here are my notes to my future self

Group of half dozen people standing on grass
The raucuous group about to embark on a spot of wildlife recording
  • West Wales Biodiversity Information Centre (WWBIC), made up of Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion & Carmarthen. The place to submit data locally.
  • 4 areas in Wales collaborate in Local Environmental Records Centres Wales (LERC), website is called Aderyn. Good for area and distribution maps.
  • iSpot website (Open University) for ID.
  • LERC app for recording
  • Watkins & Doncaster for nets, hand lenses, containers etc www.watdon.co.uk

What is a biological record?

  1. Who: recorder & determiner
  2. What: ID from iSpot, Facebook group etc
  3. Where: 6 figure grid ref eg OS Locate app, UK Grid Reference Finder website
  4. When: day, month, year

### Other useful info

  • count
  • male/female
  • breeding status
  • certainty
  • habitat
Bird flying above man in front of ruins

The biological recording got off to a flying start…

Strategy for general survey in forest garden

  • Create a species list
  • Monthly walk & recording session, Mar-Oct
  • Easily recorded species first:
    • Grasses
    • Wildflowers
    • Butterflies
    • Moth - trap annually, summer
    • Birds
    • Hoverflies!
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