Recording Schemes - the background and methodology

There are 3 different sources of data collected within the Parish-Wildlife Scheme. The following sections explain the purpose of each and how the schemes work.

  • The Wildlife Diary. Members record the wildlife they see in their own back garden or favourite patch of countryside in quarterly checklists with about 200 species. These are selected on the grounds of being well established in this location and easily identified with a little training. This allows us to compare the wildlife between parishes and how it changes with time. They can supplement these records with special sightings on a separate form. Records collected through the scheme are available through each of the Parishes and Local Groups.
  • Study Groups. Members with special interests can extend their knowledge and recording by taking part in these groups. They focus on groups of species such as flowers, birds, bat, moths etc, on a selected species, eg otters, glow worms or on habitat such as ponds, heathland etc. These groups operate across the parishes and build up their activities slowly as their skills develop. They work closely with the individual County Wildlife Groups where possible. The information is collated within each study group. See each study group for the detailed records.
  • Monthly activities such as walks, workshops or talks for anyone to join in and develop new interests and learn new skills. They are quite informal, so that members can come and not feel obliged to take records, if they simply want to enjoy exploring new areas. The locations are chosen to cover important habitat in each parish. We have a network of local experts that help out with selected subjects. The information is written up, showing any images taken and noting the species found. Details of activities are found through the individual Parishes and other Local Groups.