Wildlife Recording

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All biological records should be sent to ERCCIS (Environmental Records Centre for Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly)

Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are blessed with an exceptional natural environment. Current, relevant and comprehensive information concerning the state of this environment is essential if we are to safeguard it for future generations.

The Environmental Records Centre for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (ERCCIS) provides a resource and acts as a central database that collates, manages and disseminates information about both the biological and geological state of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.  This information is provided by a network of local and national recorders and recording groups, conservation organisations, as well as the general public.

From mosses, lichen, fungi and plants to birds, mammals and invertebrates, ERCCIS is keen to hear about any wildlife you’ve seen.

Wildlife records are important as they help us to understand and conserve the natural history of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Information about the wildlife that exists in an area can guide conservation management, influence planning decisions, help measure the condition of the environment and monitor changes over time. Recording is also a great way to explore our rich and diverse terrestrial, freshwater and marine environments and learn more about the wildlife you encounter along the way.

ERCCIS has lots of resources to help with identification and you can also contact their Wildlife Information Service with a description and good quality photograph if possible. In addition, specimens are useful to confirm identification which can be sent to ERCCIS or the relevant County Recorder for verification.

  • Visit the new interactive online recording system at www.orks.org.uk to enter records and discover what wildlife has been seen in your area.
  • Download an electronic recording form from the ERCCIS website and you can submit multiple records using a simple spreadsheet.
  • Print a wildlife recording form to take with you as you record, then submit your records electronically or alternatively post them to ERCCIS.

If you are collecting records as part of a recognised project or national scheme, it is useful for the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust to know what is happening where and when and so we can let you know of any land management which migh effect your activities.  PLEASE COMPLETE THE FORM BELOW 

All records are important no matter how big, small or old they are.

ORKS, Online Recording for Kernow and Scilly




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Landbird Survey 2012 by Bob Dawson1.54 MB
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