Wildlife records from the public are important, whether they are of common species or a county rarity. We need your records to build an up-to-date picture of what’s happening to species in Wiltshire & Swindon. If you have already sent us records, thank you very much.
These records are made available to others for many different purposes such as development control & planning, land management and nature conservation work. They are also provided to the National Biodiversity Network (NBN) Gateway.
There are four essentials to remember in order to provide us with really useful records:
- What is the precise species - give the scientific (Latin) and/or English name (if there is one).
- Where did you see it - give a precise location and a six figure grid reference.
- When did you see it - day, month, year.
- Who saw it - give a name. If you did not identify it, also give us the determiner’s name.
How to send us your records
There are a number of ways you can send us your records, either on-line, via an excel form which you can email back to us, or by downloading a form to print out and send back to us.
Electronic recording form
Using an electronic recording form is a quick and easy way to submit a number of records using a simple spreadsheet.
If you have non-Wiltshire records you can submit them directly to the relevant Local Record Centres (LRCs) or equivalent organisations throughout the UK.
Send us your wildlife photos
Amazing wildlife moments can happen anywhere at any time and we want you to be our eyes. If you capture a wonderful wildlife moment, or a stunning landscape on a camera or mobile phone, then please send it to us. Your images help to illustrate the wonderful biodiversity of Wiltshire and showcase what’s happening in the county. Take a look at some of the fantastic photos we have already received.
View recent sightings
This is where we display your records of wildlife in Wiltshire that have recently been submitted via our on-line species recording form. Here you can see what other people have been recording, what's about and where at the moment, which can give you inspiration of what you could see! Take a look at what’s been spotted recently.
Get help with identification
County Recorders are a network of appointed specialists who act as volunteer coordinators receiving and checking records from across the county for their particular interest group and sharing them with the WSBRC and national recording schemes. You can send in your records for these groups to the relevant County Recorder and they may also be able to help with identification of a particular sighting. Wiltshire's County Recorders
You can also use iSpot, which helps beginners learn how to identify wildlife, get in touch with wildlife experts, and go on to get involved in wildlife survey and conservation. Read more about iSpot