Verification of records

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Wainwright
Verification of records

Hello and thank you very much for iRecord which I have very much enjoyed using since early Spring.  I hope that you and yours are safe, well and in good spirits during the current difficult times.

My question concerns records which are tagged by the record cleaner and what happens to them in terms of usefulness to others. A good example currently is the wonderful spread of the Clifden Nonpareil, a moth I dreamed of seeing as a boy but wistfully and without any real hope that this would come about. Now, as you know, it is happening big time. I encountered my first on 19 September last year in my MV moth trap, after watching sightings creep closer to my home on the excellent Upper Thames moths blog. This year I had two in the trap on the night of 2/3 September, one the following night (a returnee judging my wing edge damage), another on the next night, September 5, and a fourth one, in very fresh condition, on September 10. I posted all on the UTM blog and submitted recordings on my phone to iRecord..

On each occasion, I received a record cleaning email from iRecord which I don't mind at all. But I wonder if these records, about which there is no doubt at all, are being made accessible to others, especially those involved in the story of the extraordinary success of the Clifden Nonpareil. I notice that none of my moth records have been confirmed and I gather that this is because of some inter-database glitch.  Again, this only troubles me if it means that my moth data is in some kind of limbo.  No rush, but it would be good to know the answers.  Thanks again and all warm wishes, Martin Wainwright, Thrupp, Oxon

Gustav Clark
Looking at Explore->All

Looking at Explore->All Records for the last 3 months, there were 45 approvals out of 5679 records.  For April there were none for 613 records.  I suggest contacting your local moth group, e.g. via the Upper thames blog, and finding out if there is any prospect of your records being processed, or is there an alternative route they prefer.

Gustav Clark
Martin, I just had a look at

Martin, I just had a look at the Species Map for Clifden Non-Pareil.  No records for Oxfordshire, although all the surrounding counties have them.

Wainwright
Hi Gustav and many thanks for

Hi Gustav and many thanks for your time and trouble.  It's an interesting glitch because, for example, Dr Marc Botham had FIVE in a trap at Bagley Wood just south of Oxford the same night that I got two here in Thrupp, plus a sixth in a second trap earlier in the evening.  Anyway, I'll raise it again with UTM.  As I mentioned, it doesn't bother me but it's a shame that the iRecord data misses out on such things.  All v best and thanks again

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