Biological recording workshop

Group of half dozen people standing on grass

The raucuous group about to embark on a spot of wildlife recording

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

  • 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

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!