Species to record
There are a range of recording schemes available covering a variety of non-native species, but it is particularly important to record alert species. Early identification of these could help to prevent future problems from developing.
Current alerts include:
Where to send your records
Online recording schemes
Use for: General use
Records of any non-native species can be uploaded to iRecord. Register for a free account which will allow you to view and manage all of the records you have submitted. You can also submit records of native species.
Recording Invasive Species Counts (RISC)
The RISC project brings together recording schemes run by a range of organisations. Use it to submit records of 21 invasive non-native animals and plants.
Use for: General recording
That’s Invasive was developed through the RINSE project to provide a unified recording system for Europe. Choose from three languages and use the inbuilt photographic ID guides and ‘confusion species’ galleries to identify and record 36 invasive plants and animals.
Use for: Freshwater aquatic species
Aqua Invaders was developed collaboratively by the Environment Agency, Scottish Natural Heritage, Scottish Environment Protection Agency, British Sub Aqua Club, Biological Records Centre and University of Bristol. Use the built in photographic ID guides and ‘confusion species’ galleries to identify and record 26 invasive freshwater aquatic species, including 12 fish species.
Use for: Plants
Plant Tracker was developed by the Environment Agency, University of Bristol and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology. Use the built in photographic ID guides and ‘confusion species’ galleries to identify and record 14 invasive plant species.
Use for: Marine species
Sealife Tracker was developed by the British Sub Aqua Club, Marine Biological Association, Environment Agency, Scottish Natural Heritage, Scottish Environment Protection Agency, University of Bristol and the Biological Records Centre. Use the built in photographic ID guides and ‘confusion species’ galleries to identify and record 25 marine species; 11 invasive species and 14 climate change indicators.
Use for: Ladybirds!
iRecord Ladybirds was developed by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and the University of Bristol as a tool for the UK Ladybird Survey. Use the inbuilt identification guides to identify and record UK ladybird species, including the invasive Harlequin ladybird.
Use for: monitoring conker tree health
Leaf Watch was developed by the Universities of Bristol and Hull. Use it to help scientists monitor the spread of an invasive leaf mining moth causing harm to Conker trees.
Use for: invasive species recording in Ireland
Stop the threat of Invasive Aquatic species in Ireland. The Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) has developed this app to help in the verification of invasive aquatic species in and around Irish waterways. This app is supported by the EU CIP ICT Habitats and Life+ CAISIE program.
Use for: monitoring ash tree health
Help scientists to understand how ash dieback disease spreads, and to identify potentially resistant trees. This project is being led by the University of East Anglia's Adapt Low Carbon Group.
Use for: monitoring tree health
Britain's trees are under unprecedented threat from new pests and diseases. Help the Forestry Commission to identify trees that might have problems - particularly ash, oak, horse chestnut, pine or spruce trees - so they can find out more or take appropriate action.
Looking to get more involved in identifying and recording wildlife?
Once registered, you can add an observation to the website, suggest an identification yourself, or see if anyone else can identify it for you. Take a look and get more involved in recording wildlife today!
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