There are many national wildlife surveys happening all over the UK that you can take part in whether you are interested in bugs, plants, reptiles, amphibians, mammals or birds.
It is possible to make useful records with no specialist knowledge. If you are unsure of your identification, your Local Record Centre can help to put you in touch with a local expert. Local Record Centres are interested in receiving records of all species, no matter how common or widespread
Ancient trees are living relics of incredible age that inspire in us feelings of awe and mystery. The Ancient Tree Hunt (ATH) is a living database of ancient trees which began in 2004 and to date has recorded over 100,000 across the UK. The tree information you record can be used locally or nationally to highlight the importance of trees, promote their value and encourage their conservation. Find details of ancient trees near where you live or places that you visit frequently using the Ancient Tree Map. There are still lots of amazing ancient trees still to be discovered and recorded. If you find a tree that is not on the map then you can add it and upload an image as well. The growing database will give us a much better understanding of the number of ancient trees across the UK. Recording them is the first step towards cherishing and caring for them.
Citizen Science is about partnership- bringing together scientists, amateur recorders and local interest groups from a variety of backgrounds to observe and record the state of our environment.
There are a number of surveys you can take part in covering a wide range of species and some habitats. Some are listed below- your Local Record Centre in Wales has a comprehensive list of surveys on your patch as well as national surveys. The OPAL project also has a wide range of environmental surveys you can take part in.
Survey Pack (Eng) Survey Pack (pdf). The best time to do this survey is from May to November. The translated pack was part of a joint project funded by WBP, Conwy County Borough Council and the Opal team.
The Wales Amphibian Reptile Atlas survey aims to display all amphibian and reptile sightings we have in Wales, and hopefully encourage you to fill in the gaps!
The UK glow work survey aims to gather information about a fascinating insect that most people don’t even realise exists in Britain.
The Open Air Laboratories (OPAL) network is an exciting initiative that is open to anyone with an interest in the natural environment.
OPAL has developing a wide range of local and national programmes to encourage people from all backgrounds to get back in touch with nature. On the OPAL web site, a range of identification guides, resources and general information are available that will allow you to take part in citizen science surveys.
Wales has four Local Environmental Records Centres (LERCs) and each forms part of the first national network of LERCs (LERC Wales) anywhere in the UK. LERCs reflect the importance of observing and recording wildlife, with the creation of a record being the starting point for all data. LERCs then bring together all these individual records into a centralised database which holds approximately 9 million records, allowing a better understanding of the environment and influences decisions we take where we live. To view a summary of wildlife sightings in your area collated by LERC Wales or view a species distribution map, go to the Biodiversity Information Reporting Database (Aderyn)
The National Biodiversity Network (NBN), a collaborative partnership, champions the sharing of biological data in the UK. The NBN collates and aggregates data on species and habitats from a wide range of partners, including the Welsh Local Environment Record Centres. Data shared through the NBN are made available through the NBN Atlases.
The NBN Atlas is a free online tool that provides a platform to engage, educate and inform people about the natural environment. It brings together species and habitat data to provide an evidence base for environmental decision-making in the UK. The NBN Atlas Wales, a sub-site of the NBN Atlas which covers the British Isles provides a Welsh view. The NBN Atlas Wales can be used to explore and analyse species and habitat information in Wales - you can view species distribution maps, explore an area, view images and much more.
WBP works with the 4 Welsh LERC's to help fund wildlife recording courses to increase the number of biological records in Wales.