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Conservation wildlife recording

The Trusts Conservation Team has recently set up a new wildlife recording system in order to identify appropriate management techniques today, and for future managers to identify trends. It is essential for us to know what wildlife we have on our sites otherwise we would simply be guessing and this will not always ensure management is appropriate.

We're keen to set up working partnerships with wildlife enthusiasts and to receive records from members of public enjoying a day out: why not tell us what you've seen and where - it's a great way to improve your identification skills and to get the kids involved.

We have several methods by which you can submit sightings;

* Wildlife Recording Form for submitting one-off records following a visit

* Site Wildlife Recording Form if you currently record, or would like to record regularly at a particular site

* Species Recording Form if you currently record, or would like to record regularly, a set species group

If you choose to submit records on a regular basis you may wish to sign up as a South West Lakes Trust volunteer. See our volunteer page for further details or contact Richard Smith on or 01822 855700

Whichever form you use, you can print off copies to take on site with you and post them to our head office, or you may type your records into the electronic sheets and e-mail them to

We will enter submitted records into our own database and will also aim to pass them on to the records centre for each county; Environmental Records Centre Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, Devon Biodiversity Records Centre and Somerset Environmental Records Centre.

Don't forget: if you have any photos please send them to us. We like to keep our information fresh and change the pictures, so if you're happy we might use one of your photos in reports, on our website or in a new publication. To submit your photos please use our Wildlife Photo Form and e-mail it with your images to

Please remember that recording is entirely voluntary, and if you do not want us to share your records with relevant organisations do tell us.

When on site, please be aware of any risk that may be present and do not endanger yourself or others. Recording is entirely at your own risk. Try not to be alone and let someone else know where you are going. If possible carry a mobile phone and first aid kit.

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