Recording Wildlife

Our wildlife recording portal is perfect for logging your wildlife sightings if you don’t currently share them with another wildlife group, society or scheme.

We aim to promote wildlife recording across the region, and where possible, encourage people to join specific groups and societies. However, if you have occasional sightings and don’t know where to send them, our portal is the place!

What is a wildlife record?

Quite simply, it is a documented occurrence of an animal or plant, at a specific location and point in time by a named person. Four key pieces of information need to be in place to ensure that the record is valid:

  • What did you see?
  • When did you see it?
  • Who saw it?
  • Where did you see it?

Our website can help you find your location by using an interactive map but the fantastic Grab a Grid Reference website is also very handy.

Often, you may want to add in some more information, like what the species was doing, how many there were, what age or sex the species was. As well as being interesting, this additional information is also extremely useful.

How can I get involved?

Recording groups are usually very keen to welcome new members, and by joining a group or organisation, you can benefit from the expertise of people who know a great deal about the natural world. Check out our Links page for more information on recording groups in the region.

If you are already a member of a wildlife group or society, and would like to talk about sharing your records with us, please Contact us.

Can I e-mail records to you?

Of course! If you are recording wildlife regularly you may prefer to compile a list and send it to us monthly or annually. If you have MS Excel or Office 365 please download the Records Template below to store your records. The highlighted columns indicate which information is vital for a valid record.


ERIC North East, Great North Museum: Hancock, Barras Bridge Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 4PT