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3. Wildlife recording

To be able to conserve a species, we need to be able to have up to date records detailing the distribution and ecology of that species. Having up to date records allows us to map where species are, how these distributions are changing and inform conservation measures. For example high resolution data of invasive species distributions allows us to target measures to remove these species or limit their spread and effect on the environment.

This data can be used at a local level to inform planning decisions and conservation measures. This data can also be used to contribute to national datasets such at the National Biodiversity Network and international databases such as the Global Biodiversity Information Facility. Your records can then be used by scientists to conserve species globally including modelling how species will respond to future challenges such as a changing climate.

People in Britain have been recording wildlife for hundreds of years. Since the 1970s the Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Environmental Records Centre (BMERC) has been collating records in Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes and supplying it to the public and professionals to inform local biodiversity action plans and planning applications.

BMERC also:

  • Provides data to local recorders and national recording schemes
  • Coordinates the recording groups in Buckinghamshire including the Buckinghamshire Rare Plant group and Buckinghamshire Invertebrate Group (BIG)
  • Loans out equipment to aid wildlife recording
  • Organises a free recorders seminar each year with talks on biodiversity and wildlife recording in Buckinghamshire

To find out more information about sending in records and how these records are used, please email

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Last updated: 26 November 2020

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