STEP THREE: RECORD
This is the most important step - sending your records in to the national database!
Add what you have seen to iRecord
Once you start to get identifications it's time to set up a simple account, and add your records to iRecord. We will be allowing at least 2 weeks (probably more) for you to add your records, so you should have plenty of time to sort out any tricky identifications.
When you start to record your wildlife on iRecord, you'll see the "20 species to find" list on the second page. Just tick all the species you have seen.
To setup your account and login to iRecord just click here.
It is really important to add a photograph of what you have seen to iRecord (if you have one) as this will help the experts verify your records. You can also add notes to each record. This might be a note that it was identified on iSpot, or even that it was a mating pair, juvenile or nymph. All this information is really valuable!
Also worth remembering that common names don't always match up with a single species, and a single species can have several 'unofficial' common names - the NBN Gateway (search for species box) or Google can usually solve any problems not sorted by judicious use of the * wildcard function in iRecord, by searching for the current or scientific name.
What happens to my records once I've submitted them?
Take a look at the map showing all the records that have been submitted on the iRecord UK Map.
You should also log in to iRecord regularly to see if you have any messages in the "notifications" section from the people who are verifiying your records. They may need extra information from you, in order to verify the record.
All your records will be stored securely at the Biological Records Centre where they are made available to Local Environmental Record Centres, recording schemes and other organisations with an interest in nature conservation. They are also then made available to experts for checking and verification.
Verified records will be made publicly available via the NBN Gateway in a dataset administered by the Biological Records Centre and/or the relevant national recording scheme.
Your records will be added to a huge store of biological information that helps local records centres, conservation organisations, natural history societies, landowners, researchers and local government to make desicions about conservation projects, land management and planning permission. Every record really does count!