29 Oct 2018

Recording the wildlife, plants, and habitats that you come across in your garden or out and about is a great way to help protect the natural world whilst also looking out for your own health and well-being.

Why record sightings of the natural world?

In order to protect vulnerable species of plants and animals, conservationists need to know what is present, where it is, how many of each species there are, when they are around, and whether this has changed year on year. This information can help build a picture of which species are thriving and which are being depleted, and under what conditions. Conservationists can then determine from emerging patterns what is going wrong in an area and how to help species to recover.

Recording the natural world is also beneficial for the people taking part as identifying species can provide mental stimulation; getting outdoors and searching for species can improve physical health; and taking part in group surveys can help to build relationships and tackle social isolation. By taking part in surveys you can also feel part of a longstanding tradition within the UK going back to the 18thC of exploring and recording the natural world.

Find out more from our webpage.

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How do I get involved?

There are many organisations collecting records and running surveys that recruit for volunteers or ask for occasional support. If you want to get involved in surveying wildlife, plants, and habitats check out the campaigns and organisations detailed in this  resource.