Introduction to Recording




“Wonder, curiosity and fascination with nature first moves all naturalists” (1)

Biological recording i.e. documenting the occurrence of species at a place at a particular time by an individual(s) has been developing over several hundred years and it is now a highly developed activity carried out by many organisations and individuals. The data collected have formed the bedrock of our understanding of the natural environment. (2)

Biological records are originated from many sources, ranging from professional ecologists to amateur expert naturalists and other wildlife enthusiasts.

Without the support of volunteers and voluntary organisations across Birmingham and the Black Country that have developed and maintained a commitment to biological recording over many years, the knowledge and understanding of the wildlife and ecology of Birmingham and the Black Country would be significantly poorer.

EcoRecord aims to encourage and support all wildlife recording.

All species records are important, no matter how common or widespread and we appreciate everyone’s contribution.



There are four different ways to send us your wildlife records:




1  You can enter your records online using our online recording form.


2  Alternatively you can save a Species Recording Spreadsheet to your hard drive, fill it in and email it to us


3  If you want a printable checklist to take out into the field there are several different versions (Plants, Invertebrates, Aquatic Life, Birds, Vertebrates) available to download.


4  You can also tweet your sightings to us @EcoRecording


If you are unsure of your species identification, feel free to drop us an email containing either a photograph or description of the organism and we will do our best to help.


It is intended that the submitted records will be added to the computer database at EcoRecord. Wildlife information from this database may be passed to third parties but personal details relating to recorders will not be passed on without prior permission being given by the individual. 



(1) Nature:Who Knows. English Nature, Lancaster University and the Natural History Museum (2005)

(2) Running a biological recording scheme or survey. Compiled by Trevor James NBN Development Officer for National Societies & Schemes. (2008)