Citizen Science: Report a wildlife sighting

As part of our Biodiversity work and Biodiversity action plans we want to monitor key priority species across our local area to gain a better understanding of current species and also help monitor the impact of our on going work. Some of the species we want to know more about are Bats, Birds, Pollinators and Hedgehogs.

No space is too small to make a difference. Private gardens are a vital refuge for wildlife. We want to know the wildlife that you see in your garden. If it is a one of sighting or a regular visitor in your garden we would like to know. Hedgehogs, bats, sparrows, song thrushes and stag beetles are all declining species in the UK, and they are just some of the wildlife we are monitoring across the local area. Help us identify key areas where these species are and what they are using your garden for. The better our understanding the better we can protect these vital species.

Why do we want to know?

The more we know about how our  gardens are used and what by, the better informed we are about how we can support wildlife.

What do we want to know about?

Amphibians, Bats, Bees, Butterflies, Hedgehogs, House Sparrows, Moths, Reptiles, Stag beetles, Swifts, Swallows and Watervoles and anything else that you think is an exciting to hear about. The more we know the better.

What do we want to know?

Tell us where you are; when your sighting was, what you saw, how many you saw, how often you see this creature and what it was doing.

What do you need?

Information about your sighting:

  • Location
  • Date
  • Time
  • What it was – You can use the below resources to help you identify what you saw.
  • Any other information you can tell us.

You can tell us about up to two different sightings per form.

Access to the survey online (here), or a paper version of the from.

A photo of your sighting (if possible).

Fill out the survey here:  Citizen Science: Report a sighting
Request an emailable  form : Email Form
Request Paper Form: Paper Form

Solitary Bee’s

Butterflies and Moths

Bumblebee Conservation Trust is a fantastic source for identifying bumblebees.

Here’s a hand guide for identifying some of the most common:BBCT_Kids_ID_sheet_big_8 (1)



House Sparrows

Stag beetles


Other beetles

Identification guides: Our friends at Wildlife Trust have some excellent guides to help you identify the creature you find:

BeesBeetles, Butterflies, Ladybirds, Mini-beasts 1Mini-beasts 2 Moths and Spiders

For Bird song clips visit the British Birdsong website.

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