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iRecord is a website for sharing wildlife observations, including associated photos.
The goal of iRecord is to make it easier for wildlife sightings to be collated, checked by experts and made available to support research and decision-making at local and national levels. Once you’ve registered, which is free, you can add your own wildlife records for others to see. You can also see what has been recorded by others. Your data will be kept secure and will be regularly backed up. Automatic checks will be applied to your observations to help spot potential errors, and experts can review your sightings.
All wildlife sightings for non-sensitive species are shared with other users and will be made available to National Recording Schemes, Local Environmental Record Centres and Vice County Recorders at full capture resolution. This will enable verification and sharing via the NBN Atlas. Wherever possible, verified data will be made openly available, with the exception of sensitive records, and with full acknowledgement of relevant organisation(s) providing verification input.
For some taxon groups, data will be automatically supplied from iRecord to the NBN Atlas on behalf of National Recording Schemes. For other schemes, data from iRecord will be collated alongside other datasets before being made available to the NBN Atlas. iRecord aims to supplement existing routes of data flow to the NBN Atlas, and the preferred route of data flow will be estabilshed on a case-by-case basis with the relevant organisations.
Join iRecord now to share your sightings with the recording community, explore dynamic maps and graphs of your data and make a real contribution to science and conservation.
iRecord User Guide
A comprehensive iRecord user guide is now available. This has been written by Steve Garland, based on an earlier training manual from 2013, but bringing it up to date. (A few references to NBN Gateway will be updated to NBN Atlas in due course)
- A guide to using iRecord, by Steve Garland (version 3.0 at May 2019, pdf, 9MB)
Thanks to Steve for producing this guide.