People across Britain have been recording their observations of wildlife for hundreds of years. By providing information on when and where they found a particular species they make a valuable contribution to national distribution datasets collated by volunteer-led schemes and societies.
What We Do
Together with more than 80 recording schemes and societies, BRC supports biological recording for a wide range of plant and animal groups.
BRC helps the recording community to publish atlases, data and other online resources to provide essential information which informs research, policy and the conservation of our heritage of wildlife.
Innovative use of technology helps to harness the enthusiasm and knowledge of naturalists and enable them to collate and analyse their records.
Why We Do It
The historical legacy of biological recording in Britain and Ireland is unique and inspiring.
Many naturalists are committed to studying our flora and fauna, and BRC’s work helps to ensure that we make the most of their observations.
The vast datasets built up through the expertise and commitment of the volunteer recording community enables a range of ecological questions to be addressed.
Distribution trends derived from the large-scale and long-term datasets provide evidence for many purposes, particularly in relation to understanding environmental change.
The iRecord website is a BRC project that allows anyone, anywhere in the UK, to submit records of any species.
Records are checked by a panel of experts and made available to local record centres and national schemes and societies as well as contributing to the research of BRC.
The sightings go to iRecord, allowing recorders to see all their observations in one place.
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