Where to send records?
When you have done all the hard work in noting down all the details of your wildlife sighting, (see here for details) what do you do next?
The important issue is to make sure that your record appears on the national databases so that people can make use of it in planning and conservation work.
The steps to follow are:
- If there is a Records Centre covering the area for your wildlife record then send the details to them. Contact them first to make sure you get it in the right format. They will do all the hard work from then on and put the records on the national database. The list below shows the current status of Record Centres for Scotland.
- If there is a Recording Scheme or Society for the particular organism you have recorded, then get in touch with them to see if they can process your record and put them on the national database. See Resources page.
- If there is no Records Centre for the area in question, and no Recording Scheme or Society, then put the details on iRecord. This is a website that collects and verifies wildlife records and then adds them to the national database and makes them available on the NBN Atlas.
Remember, you can use the internet and websites like iSpot to help identify the species you have seen. BRISC is always happy to help with any part of the Recording process, so please get in touch through our Contact page if you have any questions.
- Shetland Biological Records Centre
- Orkney Wildlife Information & Records Centre
- Outer Hebrides Biological Recording
- Skye Environmental Centre
- Highland Biological Recording Group (HBRG)
- North East Scotland Biological Records Centre (NESBReC)
- Fife Nature Records Centre
- Argyll Biological Records Centre
- Wild Mull
- Islay Natural History Centre
- Arran Biological Records Centre
- Glasgow Museum Biological Records Centre (including East and West Dunbartonshire, Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire, Inverclyde and have much data pertaining to surrounding areas.)
- The Wildlife Information Centre
- South West Scotland Environmental Information Centre
Notes about museum collections:
- Dundee: Dundee Art Galleries & Museums hold a historical dataset of biological data, gathered by Naturebase
- Falkirk: Falkirk Museum holds historic records; is no longer a local recording centre
- Perth: Perth Museum/Perth Council holds some biological data but do not offer the services of local records centre