Greater Manchester Local Record Centre gathers information about wildlife across Greater Manchester and provides advice and support to people interested in wildlife recording.
The more information we have about where wildlife is in Manchester the better able we are to protect and support it.
You can add your own records via their website RODIS and follow the instructions.
Information you will need:
– who saw it (your full name)
– what species is it (common name is fine, you can enter this into the field and it will bring up latin name)
– where you saw it (use the map to find the grid reference)
– when you saw it (exact date)
– other additional info such as quantity, what is was doing (singing, feeding etc), and whether it dead (e.g. road kill)
There are also various national recording projects that you can also submit your sightings to:
Amphibians and reptiles
|Add an adder||Ongoing|
|Amphibian and Reptile Conservation: Alien Encounters||Ongoing|
|National Amphibian and Reptile Recording Scheme||Ongoing|
Butterflies and moths
|Big Butterfly Count||20 July – 11 August 2013|
|UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme||Until September|
|Moth Night||8 August – 10 August 2013|
|Kestrel survey||Until August|
|House martin survey||Until autumn|
|Help us help swifts||Until autumn|
Bees, flies and ants
|Flying Ant Survey||Until August|
|Bee Walk bumblebee monitoring||Until autumn|
|Hornet hoverfly survey||Until autumn|
Bugs and beetles
|Oil Beetle hunt||Until June|
|Bugs Count||Until November|
|Great Stag Hunt||Until August|
|UK Ladybird Survey||Ongoing|
|New Forest Cicada Project||Until August|
|Hedgehog Hibernation Survey||Until 31 August 2013|
|Dormouse Monitoring||Until July|
|Mammals on roads||1 July – 30 September 2013|
|Mini Mammal Monitoring||September – December 2013|
|The Mammal Society: Owl Pellet Survey||Ongoing|
|Project Splatter roadkill survey||Ongoing|
|Scottish Wildlife Trust: Squirrel sightings||Ongoing|
|The National Mammal Atlas Project||Ongoing|
|Footprint Tunnel Survey||Ongoing|
|Bat Conservation: Sunset and Sunrise Surveys||Until August|
|Ash dieback sightings: Ash Tag||Ongoing|
|Wildflowers Count||Until 30 September|
|Conker Tree Science: Alien Moth Survey||Starts 15 June 2013|
|Tree disease sightings: Tree Alert||Ongoing|
|Tree Health Survey||Until October|
Biodiversity and phenology
|National BioBlitz||Until September|
|Garden BioBlitz||1 – 2 June 2013|
|Big Pond Dip||14 May – 1 September 2013|
|Hedge Biodiversity Survey||Until November|
|Water Survey||Until November|
|Beachwatch Survey||20 – 23 September 2013|
|Nature’s calendar tracking the seasons||Ongoing|
Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS)
About the Wetland Bird Survey
The Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS) is the monitoring scheme for non-breeding waterbirds in the UK, which aims to provide the principal data for the conservation of their populations and wetland habitats.
The UK is of outstanding international importance for waterbirds. Lying on some of the major flyways for Arctic-nesting species, large numbers of waterbirds are attracted, especially during winter, by the relatively mild climate and extensive areas of wetland, notably estuaries. The UK thus has both moral and legal obligations to conserve both these waterbirds and the wetlands upon which they depend.
Long-term Monitoring of UK Waterbirds
Continuing a tradition begun in 1947, around 3,000 volunteer counters participate in synchronised monthly counts at wetlands of all habitat types, mainly during the winter period.
These WeBS Core Counts are supplemented by occasional WeBS Low Tide Counts undertaken on estuaries, with the aim of identifying key feeding areas.
WeBS is a partnership run by the WeBS team at the British Trust for Ornithology.
(BTO) with the help of volunteer WeBS Local Organisers.
The information collected is used to assess the size of non-breeding waterbird populations, determine trends in their numbers and distribution, and assess the importance of individual sites for waterbirds, in line with the requirements of international conservation Conventions and Directives.
Species trends, peak counts and site summary data are accessible to all online, via the WeBS Annual Report; more detailed datasets for research, management, impact assessment and other uses are obtainable via the WeBS data request service.
Conservation and Monitoring of Migratory Waterbirds
The UK has ratified the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) of the ‘Bonn’ Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals. AEWA entered into force in 1999. It is a specific Agreement requiring nations to take coordinated measures to conserve migratory waterbirds given their particular vulnerability due to their migration over long distances and their dependence on networks that are decreasing in extent and becoming degraded through non-sustainable human activities. Article three of the Agreement requires, among other things, that sites and habitats for migratory waterbirds are identified, protected and managed appropriately, that parties initiate or support research into the ecology of these species, and exchange information and results. Explicit in this Agreement is that adequate monitoring programmes are set in place to fulfil these objectives and the Action Plan to the Agreement specifically requires that nations endeavour to monitor waterbird populations.
Mid-winter WeBS data also contributes to the International Waterfowl Census so that waterbirds status can be assessed at an international scale across the African-Eurasian flyway area.
*Tony O’Mahony is a local volunteer and member of the Alexandra Park Wildlife Forum who kindly sends us these regular WeBS Counts for Alexandra Park.