Online Recording Form

You can use the form below to send your wildlife sightings to DGERC. If you have many sightings to submit you may wish to download our recording spreadsheet to enter your records or write them up on a copy of our recording form

Items flagged with an asterisk (*) must be completed.

Main Record Details

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Please give the scientific name if you know it as this helps to avoid any potential confusion (e.g. a Sallow could be a moth or a plant!).

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The date of your sighting (e.g. 12/01/2006). Less precise dates (e.g. November 2005 or even Spring 2005) are acceptable if you are not sure of the precise date.
A six-figure grid reference will help us to precisely locate your record. You can visit the OS website to look up a grid reference - search for a town/location near your sighting, then use the tools to navigate to the correct place and zoom in/out on your map. Right click to drop a marker showing the location and grid reference. A lat/long reference can also be provided (e.g. for marine sightings).

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Please give a description of the location of your record. If you have not provided a grid reference above, please be as descriptive as possible to allow us to find the location on our maps.

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This will help us to find a location if there is no grid reference and we are unfamiliar with the location description given above.
Further Information
Providing additional information such as acount of how many you saw or the age/sex of the species adds valuable information to the record.

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A count can help to provide context to the record. For example, recording numbers in a flock of birds is more useful than just saying the species was present.

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Use this to additional provide information about the sex or life-cycle stage of the record (e.g. adult male, caterpillar, juveniles etc.).

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Tell us how you identified your record. Most records will simply be "sightings", but you could write "Dead on road" if it was a road casualty or "feather" if you identified a bird from a lost feather. Other examples might include burrows, nests, hair samples, droppings or caught in a trap.
If someone else helped you to identify the species, please enter their name here
If you have a picture of the species, please select 'Yes' above and attach it using the box below. Only jpg and gif files allowed, maximum file size 1Mb.

Would you allow DGERC to use the attached image on our Facebook page, website or in future e-newsletters? Any images used will be fully credited.

Contact Details
Only required if we don't have your details already
Contacting you
The DGERC distributes a free annual publication once a year to those who contribute records to the Centre. This provides information about many aspects of local and national wildlife recording and highlights opportunities for people to get involved with wildlife recording. We also send out emails to notify people of training courses, events and highlight key species that we would like more records of. If you do not receive these already, tick below to be added to the list.

Use of records submitted to DGERC

Information submitted on this form may be collated and disseminated manually or electronically, including the Internet and used for environmental decision-making, education, research and other public benefit uses.

Personal Details

We request your name as this forms an integral part of the record(s) you submit. We ask for your contact details in case we need more information about particularly important records. Your name and address may be entered on computer with the records to identify you as the contributor and to aid data management should you submit future records. Your name (but not any other contact details) may be passed to third parties alongside your records to identify you as the source of the data in copies or extracts of the database carried out in accordance with the functions of the DGERC - no other personal details will be divulged to third parties. If you object to your personal details being retained, please email the Manager of the DGERC (see Contacts page) although please note this will considerably limit the usefulness of the information you have provided.