Information presented for official records must be accurate, for example, you find a rare plant! Firstly, a positive identification is needed. You may have never encountered the species before and a few pictures taken with a digital camera, are of great value and can be researched on the Internet or e-mailed to an expert.

once you have a positive I.D. there will be more information required. Most recorders ask for a 6 figure grid reference that can be worked out from an OS map. For a rare species, an 8 or 10 figure reference may be asked for. These can be obtained using a GPS which, when running at its optimum, is accurate within a couple of metres.


For more scarce species, a recorder may ask for a voucher specimen to add to the county collection or for critical examination, so a few specimen bags or containers are always handy to keep in a pocket.

You may wish to check the numbers of a specific species, this can be problematic when searching through the undergrowth and a simple click counter is most useful.


What you should now have is:









(And any other information requested by the official recorder.)


The WBRC and Recording

The WBRC is run by the County Ecology department and holds over 2 million biological records from all over the county. They also have a field by field and boundary by boundary record for the whole of Warwickshire.  

A  powerful hand lens

is also very useful to assist with identification.

Last but probably the most important piece of equipment is a field note book and pen to write it all down before you forget!!