Wiltshire and Swindon Biological Records Centre

Get Involved!

BioBlitz sawfly on finger!, Ryan Tabor/ WWT

There are a variety of ways you can get involved, one of the most important ways is to record the wildlife you see, and send in your records. You can do this a number of ways ranging from ad hoc recording of what you see in your garden or local area, to a dedicated project that requires regular surveys.

You don't have to be an expert as there is something for all levels of experience, and some of our projects include training to get you started. You don’t just have to choose one way to get recording, it’s up to you how much you’d like to take part in. Take a look below at what you can do. 

Start here if you are new to recording

In a county such as ours we are fortunate to be surrounded by a great diversity of wildlife; recording is a pastime which can be enjoyed by anyone, at any age, with as little as a pencil, paper, a bit of patience and a willingness to learn. Here's how to get started

Record your Local Wildlife

We love to find out what you have seen, whether it's an ancient tree, a bird, or a spider let us know. Here's how to tell us. Add to our gallery by sending us photos of the wildlife you have seen. Don't be shy, we'd love to see them! Send in your photos 

Volunteer Surveys

The WSBRC is involved in many surveys and monitoring schemes. Some are managed by the WSBRC, some are managed in conjunction with other organisations such as the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust. All of these surveys rely on volunteers to collect and send in the data.

Some of the monitoring schemes are long term with commitment ranging from one survey a year to one a month. If enough sites are regularly monitored, we can begin to build up a picture of the changing face of Wiltshire. Other surveys may simply require your casual records to fill in the gaps in knowledge of a species’ national distribution.

Volunteer in the Office

We rely enormously on volunteers. Our volunteers cover a range of activities depending on their skills, experience and interests. Tasks range from data entry, admin, writing website content and GIS mapping work. Volunteers are given full training and support. Find out about our current volunteering vacancies  

A butterfly helping with identification!, Gary Mantle/ WWT


Volunteers recording at BioBlitz, Ryan Tabor/ WSBRC


Recorder’s Visit  2013 Wallmead Farm, Tisbury, © M Satinet


County Recorders at Spye Park, WSBRC/ Tom Cairns