The Wildlife Information Centre

Biological data for south-east and part of central Scotland

Fiddlehead of Bracken (Pteridium aquilinum)
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Recording Resources

Identification help

List of local Experts - This lists contact details for local experts in TWIC's area for a range of species groups.

iSpot - is website for helping you identify wildlife and share nature. You can post a photograph of your find on the site and suggest an identification yourself or ask others to identify it for you. You can also help others by identifying their finds

Highland Biological Recording Group links page - a comprehensive list of identification resources with links to external websites.

National Recording Schemes - Biological Records Centre's List of Recording Schemes. Use this to find a contact or web link to a particular recording scheme as well as access to recording resources.

Maps and grid references

Ordnance Survey's Guide to Grid References - An introduction on how to read grid references from Ordnance Survey maps.

Grab a Grid Reference Tool from Bedfordshire Natural History Museum - Obtain a grid reference by searching on postcode or place name. Can also be used to check the accuracy of a grid reference obtained in the field.

Vice-county lookup - Check the relevant vice-county for a grid reference or place.

'Where's the path' - Useful for planning routes. Includes old Ordnance Survey base layer maps which can be useful for checking location names for older records.

Batch Covert tool' - Batch Convert Latitude, Longitude to UK Grid Reference or UK Grid Reference to Latitude longitude.

GIS Resources

QGIS - Free open source GIS software. QGIS Biological Recording Plugin - Information, including help files, on this QGIS plugin. The tool is designed specifically for biological recorders.

Other resources

NBN Atlas - Use this to check the scientific names for species, check synonyms and look up existing species distributions for species.

Find an LERC map - Find the LERC for your area by searching on postcode, place name or grid reference.

NBN Record Cleaner - Free software to assist with records validation and verification.

Twicky-winkle goes recording - A fun story to demonstrate how and why we record wildlife (PDF, 2.63 MB, 2 pages).

TWIC is a company limited by guarantee - registered in Scotland No. SC234339. A recognised Scottish Charity SC034113. This project is supported by NatureScot.