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The input of recorders is extremely valuable when decisions are being made which could affect them. You can influence outcomes!
Once a biological record has been made, there are several places to which it could be submitted: a local records centre (LRC) such as SEWBReC, a national recording scheme, the relevant Vice County Recorder, the National Biodiversity Network (NBN)… Currently, there is no standard data flow or data exchange procedure in place between these bodies, which can result in a record being duplicated in a database, or worse, not being passed on to all those for whom it was intended.
A further consideration is data quality. There is a need for records to be validated by an expert; Vice County Recorders are ideally placed for this purpose, making them a vital component of a data flow network.
With the aim of clarifying the data flow situation, the Wales Environmental Information Steering Group (WEIS Group), a working group of the Wales Biodiversity Partnership, has identified targets to audit and map the current situation, collate current issues, and to map optimum data flow.
SEWBReC actively encourages the recording of wildlife and is always interested in receiving additional records. It is possible to make useful records with no specialist knowledge. If you are unsure of your identification, please let us know, as we may be able to provide assistance or contact a local expert to help.
SEWBReC is interested in receiving records of all species, no matter how common or widespread. There are many places within our area for which we hold few or no records. So please help us to fill in these gaps.
Please see our Beginner's Guide to Biological Recording and using a GPS.
For occasional records, SEWBReC has developed some simple methods for you to submit your sightings:
For experienced recorders who generate significant numbers of records there are two main approaches for data submission:
If you are the County Recorder for a taxonomic group and you don't already have a Data Exchange Agreement with SEWBReC, then please contact us to discuss this further.
Click here to view our Interactive Map of County Recorders and Recording Groups for each Unitary Authority area within South East Wales.
If you're not sure what Vice County you fall in, take a look at this great mapping tool.
The Biological Records Centre provides a wide range of record cards e.g. for vascular plants or Odonata. These can be downloaded here.
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