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STEP 1: DISCOVER

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STEP ONE: DISCOVER & RECORD

Choose 24hrs between Saturday and Sunday the 3rd and 4th of June 2017.

During your chosen 24 hours (don't worry, you don't have to do the whole 24hrs!) record all the wild plants & animals you can find in your garden on our downloadable recording form (print some off & take them with you!).

When we say "wild" we mean anything that has arrived in your garden of its own accord.

Photos! photos! photos!

Take as many photographs of what you find as you can. Photos will be really useful when you come to identifying what you have found, and when you input your records.

What am I likely to find?

To get you started, we've put together a handy list of the top twenty species that you are likely to find - click here to download the list - and tick them off as you see them.

If your kids are helping with the Garden BioBlitz, why not give them a printout of this sheet to use as a "Wildlife Treasure Hunt"?

CLICK ON THE 2ND TAB ABOVE, TO MOVE TO STEP 2: IDENTIFY

STEP 2: IDENTIFY

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STEP TWO: IDENTIFY

This is where all those photos come in handy but remember - some species are very difficult to identify from photographs so make sure you get a few different angles to show all of the body parts and make your pictures as clear as possible!

If you can't identify something - don't worry! If you have a photograph there's help on hand!

Two places to get help with identifications

Add it to iSpot

 

Add your photographs, and any other information, to iSpot (you'll need to login to add them - but it's really easy & well worth it!)

Add the tag #gbb17 (please make sure you just add this tag and nothing else) into the "descriptive tags" box of your observation on iSpot, and then wait for an identification!

By adding the #gbb17 tag you will also be able to keep track of all the other observations being added to iSpot by Garden BioBlitzers around the UK, by going to our special page of iSpot Garden BioBlitz Observations There'll be a new page for 2017!

Tweet it!

You can also tweet your photo to us at @GardenBioblitz adding the hashtag #gbb17

 

CLICK ON THE 3RD TAB ABOVE, TO MOVE TO STEP 3: RECORD

STEP 3: RECORD

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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!

 
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