Outside range of known coordinates, a somewhat ambiguous statement, which also carries an implication or two. To put things in context I go out everyday barring bad health, inclement weather, camera malfunctions, and family functions, but even with the latter I have a camera to hand just for the purpose of recording wildlife. Everyday, sometimes taking near on 2000 images of, in the man Arthropoda, and of course wildlife in general. I hasten to add not 2000 species, I wish, but I do, nearly everyday find something I have never recorded before, many times exceeding 20 in the latter category. On many occasions I have found firsts for VC53, unfortunately I don't always carry collecting phials. I am of the opinion that in these modern times digital photography is enough to ID anything. I am well aware that there will always be those things in nature that confounds even the best high tech equipotent and the necessary voucher specimens are the only way.to gain an ID. With regard to vouchers and in respect of a first for the UK, Conostethus venustus* being the species, With such a claim Colin Smith the county recorder for Heteroptera plant bugs & allies paid me a visit to collect a voucher, and he was successful, my find was then reported in the "Het News". Sadly all the sites where C. venustus could be found are now non supportive ether down to being built on, or complete mismanagement in as much that the host plant* has been prevented from re-seeding due so called maintenance. Okay, the point I am making is that the "Outside range of known coordinates" implies that one could be lying. Surely what the reply to such a record should be is a congratulatory one, not a challenge to it's authenticity. Basically the challenge is ridiculous for the only way such coordinates can be confirmed is by a body of naturalists going out and checking it for themselves, hence my reference to the C. venustus saga. What is the point of me continuing to supply records if my expertise, and there validity is always going to be challenged***. The NBN recorder cleaner is accountable for much of the controversy on this site, but the bottom line is why you, the admin team continue to use it in its present unacceptable state.
Mick E. Talbot
* It was pointed out to me by one Tim Ransome, an entolmoogist from the Channel Isles that I was the first person to record C. venustus in the UK, and that Jim Flanagan's claim on behalf of a second party was incorrect. It would be nice if this situation could be rectified, but its not what I am about, so I let it go. Out of interest I will mention that it is now on the British list of Heteroptera.
** Scentless Mayweed being the host plant is an annual and if cut before it has dispersed its seeds its presence will be removed.
*** I am aware that I am not alone in this critique, I'm sure admin is too?