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Biological data for south-east and part of central Scotland

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Scottish Spider Search record submission page

How to submit records to the Scottish Spider Search


1. Search for iRecord in your web browser or go to https://www.brc.ac.uk/irecord/

2. Login to iRecord or register for a free account (only an email address is needed). NOTE: You will need to be logged in to access the Scottish Spider Search recording page.

3. Add the Scottish Spider Search to your ‘Activities’ list by going to https://www.brc.ac.uk/irecord/join/scottish-spider-search.

You are now a member of this activity and you can find it again quickly under ‘My activities’ next time you login.

4. Enter a spider record by clicking the ‘Enter a casual record’ button.

5. This will take to you to our record form where you can enter the record details. The essential details are:

  • The date you saw it (DD/MM/YYYY)
  • Your full name (recorder name) – normally auto-completed if you are logged in
  • The species of spider you saw – start typing the name and select the correct species from drop-down list
  • Where you saw it (location name and spatial reference) - iRecord provides a handy interactive map if you do not know the spatial reference
  • Photos – upload a photo of your spider so your identification can be checked by an expert.

Any other data such as habitat, number, behaviour etc. can be entered into the other boxes.

NOTE: If you are entering records for Daddy Long-Legs spider, iRecord gives it the common name of Cobweb Spider! Entering a record as Daddy Long-Legs will enter a record for the harvestman. Please enter the record using the latin name of Pholcus phalangiodes or common name of Cobweb Spider!

6. Once you have entered and checked all the details, press ‘Submit’.

You can view a summary of all the records submitted via iRecord for this survey by viewing the ‘Activity summary’.


Thank you for contributing to the Scottish Spider Search.

Your records will be shared with the British Arachnological Society, other Scottish Local Environmental Record Centres and NBN Atlas to inform research and decision-making at local and national levels.

If you have any queries about inputting your records please contact Natalie Harmsworth by email or phone 01875 825968.


TWIC is a company limited by guarantee - registered in Scotland No. SC234339. A recognised Scottish Charity SC034113. TWIC acknowledges financial support from Scottish Natural Heritage.