One of the most important aspects of wildlife conservation is recording the presence of the animals in question. Action to actively conserve or prevent unnecessary harm to the animals or their habitats can only be done with the knowledge of where they live.  To this end, anyone can contribute to their conservation by reporting their sightings.

Although some species are relatively common and widespread, others are rare and of international importance. Natterjack Toads reach their northernmost limit in the UK on the Solway Firth and are protected by European law.  Great Crested Newts are similarly protected.  Yet even widespread species such as Common Toads are of conservation importance as they are listed as priority species under the UK Biodiversity Action Plan due to significant declines. Reptiles are less frequently encountered than amphibians and any records are useful in improving our knowledge of their distribution.

Information for sightings should include the location, date, species involved and the name of the observer. A grid reference helps to pinpoint sightings, the ideal being a six figure Ordnance Survey grid reference, but if you can’t provide this please give as much detail as possible about the location.  A simple recording form can be downloaded below or you can submit records online via DGERC, the local records centre.
Mark Pollitt - SWSEIC,
29 Mar 2010, 01:30