A record is simply a species observed by a person, at a location, on a given date.
It must contain these four essential pieces of information in order to be of use to us:
Any other information about the site or species is useful, e.g. habitat details, the number, sex, age or behaviour of the individuals observed.
SEWBReC prefers to receive records with at least a six figure grid reference. Sightings recorded at this resolution are much more useful (e.g. for assessment of planning applications and biodiversity conservation projects) than those recorded at a four figure grid reference (1km2).
For a tutorial on how to work out a six figure grid reference from a standard Ordnance Survey map click here or on the image.
You may also find that the romer provided on some compass base-plates or a specialist tool can be useful for calculating grid references at six-figure resolution.
In South East Wales, the relevant 100km grid square two-letter codes are SN, SO, SS & ST.
See information on using a GPS.
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