Martin Harvey is an entomologist and wildlife recorder talking about the best way to record!

Wildlife recording is important for all species, not just the endangered, threatened, uncommon and rare. There are national recording schemes which are mostly run by volunteers (often an individual) but some are staffed by organisations but still reliant on volunteer input.

Here’s a question. Have you ever seen a hedgehog in the wild?

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Have you ever submitted that sighting to a record centre?

Your single record can help with distribution mapping, conservation status, I.D. resources and more! Anyone can record wildlife, you don’t have to be an avid wildlife volunteer or zoologist to make your record count.

Record centers play a huge part in validation and verification of those records. Some species, plants and invertebrates especially can be easily confused with others, real verification can only be clarified beneath a microscope! This ensures that records are correct and provide true and reliable data for analysis.

Check out these websites for reliable recording:

Should this data be shared freely? Can it be misused?

E.g. data for rare breeding birds is usually prevented from being shared to discourage activities such as egg collecting. Marine data is often held back for fear of how it will be interpreted and what effect it will have on companies that may be associated with negative impact on marine life such as oil and commercial fishing.

What does Martin recommend for reading? The Darwin Guide! and Celebrating 50 Years of Biological Recording Society

The Darwin Guide, available at nbn.org.uk

The Darwin Guide, available at nbn.org.uk


Face to Face Engagement

This talk is lead by Wendy Sadler, Janice Ansine and Pete Boardman and follows Helen Featherstone’s “Evaluating Outdoor Events” workshop.

Face to face engagement is by far the most important and useful tool we have.

“A person is the ultimate flexible engagement tool.” ~ Wendy Sadler, BioBlitz Conference 2014.

We’ve been discussing how other social media channels can be used as engagement tools; Twitter is a great professional tool whilst Facebook is more useful for informal, personal social use.

iSpot is almost a form of wildlife recording social media, people can take photographs of wildlife they find, upload it to iSpot where members from all over the world can help contribute to finding out the real identification. This is a fantastic way of encouraging people to record wildlife in a casual and enjoyable way without feeling that their input is invaluable.

All information is valuable, whether you’re a volunteer or an expert! Whether it’s a rare species or a common species, all information is valuable and necessary to monitor wildlife numbers and distribution. iSpot is one of, if not the most used publicly used wildlife recording tools.

Wendy Sadler talking about face to face engagement

Face to face is essential for some aspects of organizing and supporting a BioBlitz. For example, asking for support and asking questions. Asking for funding. Coordinating with other organizations on HOW to manage your BioBlitz.

Face to face – using what we’ve always had!

Upcoming Bristol BioBlitz 2013 at Kingsweston.

Images from The Day

A selection of photographs from the day’s discussions at BNHC’s “Communicate 2012” Conference.


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What’s In It For Me?

What can they do for BioBlitz? We hear the all best bits via a series of short speeches from some of the most well-known organisations which are so much a part of the UK’s natural history and environmental engagement.

This is the final session before lunch.

It’s An App World

Digital and the Natural World: what’s it all app-out?

Apps for Engagement is now underway for the second part of this morning’s BioBlitz sessions.

Fascinating first looks at the digital and online resources that we could all be using soon. Just one of them is iSpot.org.uk, which has amazing potential for helping you immediately on the ground when you’re trying to identify something in the natural world.



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