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Flowering plants, like this Pyramidal orchid are just one of the many kinds of wildlife you can record on iRecord. What will you use it for?

Flowering plants, like this Pyramidal orchid are just one of the many kinds of wildlife you can record on iRecord. What will you use it for?

A new wildlife sightings recording system called iRecord has been developed to make it simpler for you to report any wildlife that you observe. It aims to make it easier for wildlife sightings to be collated, checked by experts and made available to support research and decision-making at local and national levels.

Your sightings can be recorded on your phone as you see things or once you return home. Anything can be recorded – from dragonflies and butterflies to mammals and plants. You don’t need to have spotted a rarity; records of more common species are equally valuable, and you have the option to submit a photo with your records.

Key Features of iRecord:

– Record all the wildlife you see

– Securely store and keep track of your records

– Benefit from automatic data checks and review by experts

– Share your sightings with the recording community

– Explore dynamic maps, reports and graphs of your data

– Explore data shared by other recorders in your area and/or for species groups you are interested in

– Contribute to science and conservation

There is an iRecord app for smartphones or you can use enter and view your records via your computer. More information, including how to register, can be found at

iRecord has been developed by Biodiverse IT and the Biological Records Centre on behalf of the National Biodiversity Network (NBN), through funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund project OPAL and the NERC Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Liz Bassindale.

Redpoll by Liz Bassindale

Redpoll by Liz Bassindale.M ore often found in North Yorkshire’s forests they will some to gardens in the winter months.



Large Red Damselfly by Liz Bassindale. Many dragonfly and damselfly enthusiasts use iRecord for logging their sightings.


Author: Tim Burkinshaw

I work in ecology and biodiversity in North Yorkshire. I'm often found outdoors snapping nature and landscapes or spotting birds. In the garden I enjoy having my hands in the earth and striving for the perfect mix of greens and browns in my compost. As a Daddy and adopter I'm used to endless questions about the world around us, and generally have an answer up my sleeve for most things. If you spot me and my hat in real life or on social media do say hello!

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