What do you hope to get out of the Discovering iRecord course?

  • what is it that you hope this course will teach you?
  • how do you see yourself using iRecord?
  • is there something that you’ve struggled with on iRecord that you’re hoping this course will teach you about?
  1. Gain a higher level of knowledge and understanding of topics.
  2. I will use iRecord for university assignments and revision.
  3. I am hoping this course will help me gain a better understanding of how useful iRecord can be.
  1. How to use iRecord effectively to help others use the data, and to make submitting data easier
  2. Recording for myself or walks and tours, and potentially work (when we’re allowed out)
  3. How to convince the recorder it’s accurate when you know that it’s correct.

Hope to gain a working knowledge of iRecord in order to use it myself for personal records; & to be able to encourage & teach others how to use it as part of my role as an Outdoor Learning Officer


*how to confidently use iRecord
*initially for personal use, but once confident maybe record results of student surveys at the school I work at and also at the nature reserve where I work.
*never used it before!

  • How to properly submit a record so it’s useful to those who hope to analyse species data

  • Whenever I’m outside and spot a species I can confidently ID, I will then submit a record of it

  • Viewing records from others on a map


I am a environmental student so I don´t have much knowledge about anything yet, i want to start and get confidence in this platform, so I hope this course provides me that.


I’m new to iRecord and recording in general, but lockdown seemed like a good time to learn something new, especially as I’m getting more into conservation work, recording things, and hoping to eventually work in the sector, so thought this would be a good place to start!

Also I noticed on the dropdown “where do you record” there didn’t seem to be anything for London/Greater London? Or was I being blind?!

  • I hope this course will teach me how to enter a high resolution recording
  • submitting sightings
  • i havent used the app before so no:)

I hope to begin to record in a more systematic way, and have somewhere useful to send my records. I also hope to be able to share my findings with like minded people, get help when I get stuck on something, and ultimately begin to interest the general public locally about wildlife.

  • what is it that you hope this course will teach you? - To gain knowledge and better understanding
  • how do you see yourself using iRecord? - Recording for myself or during Walking tours in the park
  • is there something that you’ve struggled with on iRecord that you’re hoping this course will teach you about? - Not used iRecord before so it will be a learning experience

@JoeDownie, a really good question. No you’re not being blind - there is no London location. The recording locations are actually Watsonian vice-counties, which are more regularly used within biological recording because, unlike administrative counties, they never change. London is a good example because the boundaries there change relatively regularly.

There is a good article on Wikipedia explaining vice-counties and BRC have a page with a map listing them all (download the PDF for a better view).

The London Natural History Society has a map that shows the VCs covering their patch. You can find it on this page. You’ve got quite a few:

  • VC16 West Kent
  • VC17 Surrey
  • VC18 South Essex
  • VC19 North Essex
  • VC20 Hertfordshire
  • VC21 Middlesex
  • VC24 Buckinghamshire

Hope that helps.


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Hi @Paula_Anma, you probably know much more than you think. With iRecord you don’t need to be a specialist or an expert to contribute data. Records of easily recognisable wildlife (like a robin, hedgehog or swallowtail butterfly) are useful records too. Hopefully we’ll be able to get you confident with using the platform through the course.

For using the platform for student surveys, you may want to set up an iRecord activtiy (like the discovering iRecord activity that I’ve set up for this course). This allows you to gather the data entered by multiple users (perhaps you could create accounts for each class at the school?) into one place, so you can download it afterwards and use it for analysis. We won’t be covering this in this course, but there’s guidance on it in the manual, on the iRecord website and I’ll be running a free Virtual Meetup Session on Setting Up iRecord Activities for Local Groups following the course: Setting Up iRecord Activities for Local Groups

You can view other iRecord records on the map function, and we’ll cover this in week three. However, it’s worth noting that iRecord is not the biological records repository for the UK… that is the NBN Atlas and we’ll talk about that a little next week. iRecord is really a tool for submitting, validating and verifying records, so the NBN Atlas may well have additional data on it.

  1. I hope that this course will teach me how to confidently navigate iRecord software and give me an insight into biological records.
  2. I see myself using iRecord to record collate records and hopefully within an aspect of a future career.
  3. I have not not yet experience iRecord enough to experience any issues.

If you’d like to contribute London-based records to a local natural history group for the area, you can request to sign up to the London Natural History Society iRecord activity (I’m the administrator so happy to accept you and you don’t need to be a LNHS member to contribute). I’ll explain more about activities next week.

Systematic recording is very useful… but so is ad hoc recording as most organisms are under-recorded so we need all the data we can get. Recording the occassional grey squirrel or harlequin ladybird in your garden still contributes to our knowledge of nin-native invasive species! And recording a dead hedgehog you noticed by the side of the road tells us about where this once common species is still holding out as well as the fact that the individual you observed was killed on a road.

Hope to get an understanding of iRecord, how it is used and how I can use it.
Not sure yet, that will probably depend on what I find out on the course - I may become a ‘casual recorder’ or I may discover an ‘interest group’ I’d like to be more involved with. Hoping it may spur me to return to biological recording.
As a brand new user, nothing yet.


Be able to use iRecord to submit records of the wildlife I observe