Every record is important. While rare species may be more exciting to find, it is very important to record common species too. All records help to build up a more comprehensive understanding of the natural world in which we live, and can help ensure that decisions, which may affect habitat and species in the North East of Scotland, are made with the best available knowledge.
How to get involved
Please send us records of all wildlife species that you see and can confidently identify. If you are new to recording, please do read to the foot of this page before submitting your records.
If you are already confident about the details we would like you to record, please send in records using our online form or by downloading our excel spreadsheet or casual wildlife recording form. We require four basic pieces of information for each record:
What – The name of the species. Common names or preferably the scientific name e.g. Sciurus vulgaris (Red Squirrel), so as to avoid confusion.
Where – The location of the sighting. A good description of where you saw it. If possible, a 6-figure grid reference would also be very helpful, e.g. NJ567243, as well as a name of the nearest location which is shown on an Ordnance Survey map.
When – Date of the record, ideally written as dd/mm/yyyy.
Who – Name of the recorder. If someone else helped you with identification or confirmed your record please send us their name too.