Achieving more for nature

Getting involved

Everyone can do their bit for nature - find out how to do yours! Whether it is spotting your garden wildlife, or changing the management of your company’s landholding

Your sightings

Anyone can send in sightings – you don't even have to know what you've seen!

Understanding what wildlife is, and where, when and how it changes over time is the baseline for all conservation activities. Conservation organisations do not know what management actions to take on reserves if they do not know what species are there, and they cannot tell if their actions are having a positive effect without monitoring change.

Greater Lincolnshire is vast, and wildlife and conservation action is not just happening on nature reserves. Sightings of wildlife from everywhere are valuable. Even knowing where common species are is important, because someday they may not be common anymore and it will be important to know where they used to be. See the LERC pages for more on how these sightings are used.

We just need to know:

  • Where you saw it (a grid reference is useful)
  • When you saw it (ideally the day, but month or even just the year is okay)
  • Who you are
  • Your contact details (the county recorders may want to get in touch if you've found something rare)

Online recording can be the best way to collate your sightings - this can also help save us time as validation is carried out automatically and a lot of the data management is already carried out. If you only have a few sightings to send in, you can use the contact form or the sightings template from the resources at the left. If you have more or collect sightings on a regular basis – send us an email or give us a ring about the best way to send them in.

You can also take part in a structured survey at either a national or local scale – all the sightings collected as part of these will eventually make their way to the Lincolnshire Environmental Records Centre. If you think you've found something interesting though, it might be a good idea to forward details of the sighting to the relevant county recorder – they may want to get out there and investigate!

If you're not sure what you've found – don't worry! With over 13,000 species of plants, animals and fungi in Greater Lincolnshire you can't be expected to identify everything. The county recorders will be happy to help out – a photograph can be useful, although a good description or drawing can often be enough.